SOON after Myanmar’s military seized power after detaining de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other senior members of her governing party early this morning (Feb. 1) the hashtag #SaveMyanmar quickly rose to the top of the day’s Thai Twitter trend, Sanook.com reported.
The second hashtag going viral in Thai Twittersphere is #Coup.
Many Thai Twitter users condemned Myanmar military’s action which they pointed out occurred because of its high involvement in politics and unwillingness to accept the result of last November’s election.
Aung San Suu Kyi’s ruling part National League for Democracy (NLD) won most of seats in the previous election while the main opposition party – the military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) only managing to win 6% of the seats in the House of Representatives and 3% in the Senate.
Some Thais gave Myanmar people encouragement now that they are back under military rule after a transition to democracy that started in 2011.
Others pointed out that what happened in Myanmar is similar to what is taking place in some other countries.
Top: Text overlaid on a picture of Myanmar shows #SaveMyanmar being retweeted 215 times. Thai headline says, “voicing opposition to coup.” Photo: Sanook.com