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Myanmar PE Teacher Carries Out Virtual Aerobics Class As Military Coup Unfolds

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Myanmar PE Teacher Carries Out Virtual Aerobics Class As Military Coup Unfolds

Footage of a PE teacher in Myanmar proceeding with a virtual aerobics class in the midst of a military coup has gone viral.

Khing Hnin Wai can be seen dancing in high-vis training gear and a facemask, as sirens wail and military vehicles rally at a roadblock behind her in the capital, Naypyidaw.

Clips from the fitness class have been viewed millions of times across social media platforms:

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Some people thought the video must be fake, but Khing Hnin Wai has since insisted it is real, sharing videos she has conducted in the exact same spot over the past 11 months.

Writing on Facebook, she said: "I posted it because I didn't think it would happen.

"Some responsible security are close to me.

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"I posted it because I am relaxing myself and do my own business."

Khing Hnin Wai shared videos filmed from the same spot over the past 11 months. Credit: Facebook/Khing Hnin Wai
Khing Hnin Wai shared videos filmed from the same spot over the past 11 months. Credit: Facebook/Khing Hnin Wai

Myanmar's civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, was detained by the army along with other members of her National League for Democracy (NLD) party yesterday (Monday).

The party claimed a landslide election victory in November but the military has refused to accept the result - claiming it was fraudulent - and has now declared a year-long state of emergency.

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Suu Kyi urged her supporters to 'protect against the coup' prior to being detained, stating that it would put the country back under a dictatorship.

Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, was ruled by the military until 2011, when democratic reforms spearheaded by Suu Kyi brought an end to military rule.

The coup has been condemned by world leaders. Credit: PA
The coup has been condemned by world leaders. Credit: PA

US President Joe Biden has condemned the coup and said his country would work to restore democracy in the country.

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In a statement, he said: "The United States removed sanctions on Burma over the past decade based on progress toward democracy. The reversal of that progress will necessitate an immediate review of our sanction laws and authorities, followed by appropriate action.

"The United States will stand up for democracy wherever it is under attack."

Featured Image Credit: Facebook/Khing Hnin Wai

Topics: Viral, World News

Jake Massey
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