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The crazy moment of the Myanmar military coup was caught on camera | Instant News


Tensions in Myanmar are at an all-time high after the country’s military seized power in a coup Monday morning, detaining democratically elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other senior members of the government.

Suu Kyi’s party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), won a landslide victory in the country’s November elections, winning more than 80 percent of the vote.

The military coup comes as the country’s new parliament meets for the first time, with generals justifying the power struggle accusing widespread electoral fraud that resulted in the army imposing a year of emergency.

As a military convoy rushed towards the path of the soldiers who had blocked the road to the Myanmar parliament, a sports teacher was unwittingly caught on camera.

The military arrives at the Myanmar parliament.  Photo / via Twitter
The military arrives at the Myanmar parliament. Photo / via Twitter

The teacher is seen dancing to cheerful techno music, apparently oblivious to the fact that a military takeover is taking place right behind him.

The footage was originally posted to Facebook by Khing Hnin Wai, a sports teacher at the Ministry of Education who regularly posts exercise videos from the same location in Naypyidaw. The video has been verified by Storyful.

Footage of the coup shocked social media viewers after telephones and internet in the capitals of Naypyidaw and Yangon were interrupted and state TV turned off after leaders from the NLD party were arrested.

Troops lined the streets of Yangon’s commercial center as residents rushed to stockpile supplies from markets and others connected at ATMs to withdraw cash, before banks cut service due to poor internet connections.

The coup has sparked international outrage, with many world leaders condemning Myanmar’s military and calling for the release of Suu Kyi and other detained officials.

Citizens were urged to protest

Suu Kyi has not been heard or seen since the military took control, but the statements she wrote in anticipation of the coup were published on the NLD’s verified Facebook page.

Military vehicles approach Myanmar's parliament in the background video.  Photo / via Twitter
Military vehicles approach Myanmar’s parliament in the background video. Photo / via Twitter

“The military action is an act of bringing the country back under a dictatorship,” read the statement, which contained Suu Kyi’s name but was not signed.

“I urge the people not to accept this, to respond and with all my heart to protest the coup by the military.”

The statement was issued by party chairman Win Htein, who in a handwritten note at the bottom emphasizes that it is genuine and reflects Suu Kyi’s wishes.

“In my life, I swear, that this request to these people is Aung San Suu Kyi’s genuine statement,” he wrote.

Some pro-military supporters celebrated the coup by parading through Yangon in pick-up trucks and waving national flags, but others were shocked.

“Our country is a bird that has just learned to fly. Now the army is breaking our wings,” student activist Si Thu Tun told Reuters.

Mobs of Myanmar migrant workers in Thailand protested in front of their embassy after the news broke on Monday.

Dressed in red, the color of the NLD, Myanmar protesters in Bangkok held up a poster of the military commander reading “Shame on you, dictator”.

“I woke up today and saw the news that Ms. Suu was arrested. I want her to be released,” one protester told Thai media.

“The army ruled our country for 50 years and we suffered.”

Protesters clashed with riot police lines outside the Myanmar embassy in Bangkok, Thailand.  Photo / Getty Images
Protesters clashed with riot police lines outside the Myanmar embassy in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo / Getty Images

About two dozen riot police attempted to disperse the protest, clashing with protesters.

A police spokesman said several people were detained for questioning after Thai protesters threw stones and colored smoke bombs.

Who is Aung San Suu Kyi?

Suu Kyi, 75, is a hugely popular figure in Myanmar for her persistent stand against the military.

In 1991, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his decision to challenge the country’s military rule and he was heralded as a beacon for human rights.

His opposition to the military saw him spend nearly 15 years under house arrest, between 1989 and 2010.

Aung San Suu Kyi in 2019. Photo / AP
Aung San Suu Kyi in 2019. Photo / AP

In 2015, his party won a landslide victory, but the constitution prohibited him from becoming president. Despite this, he is widely considered to be the country’s de facto leader.

A police truck is parked at the Kyauktada police station in Yangon, Myanmar.  Photo / AP
A police truck is parked at the Kyauktada police station in Yangon, Myanmar. Photo / AP

Suu Kyi’s international image was torn during her time in power after she defended a military-backed crackdown in 2017 against the country’s Rohingya Muslim community.

About 750,000 Rohingya were forced to flee to neighboring Bangladesh during the campaign, which UN investigators say constituted genocide.

Despite this, he still has many supporters in Myanmar, which saw him win a landslide victory in the 2020 elections.

Who is Min Aung Hlaing?

General Min Aung Hlaing is the head of Myanmar’s military and arguably the most powerful individual in the country.

The 64-year-old became commander of the country’s military in 2011, when Myanmar began a transition to democracy after decades of military rule.

When the NLD won the election in 2015 and came to power, she appeared to be adapting to the transition, appearing on various shows with Suu Kyi.

People holding pictures of Myanmar's de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi at a protest outside the Myanmar embassy in Bangkok, Thailand.  Photo / Getty Images
People holding pictures of Myanmar’s de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi at a protest outside the Myanmar embassy in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo / Getty Images

However, he did ensure the military continues to have government influence by holding 25 percent of parliamentary seats.

In 2017, he was criticized for a military crackdown on the Rohingya ethnic minority, whose operations he supervises.

It was General Hlaing’s comments after the 2020 elections that raised fears of a planned military coup.

He said revoking the constitution ruled by the 2008 junta could be “necessary” under certain circumstances following allegations of voter fraud.

General Hlaing’s comments, translated into English and published in the army-run Myawady newspaper, sent shockwaves through a youthful democracy, which is only a decade out of the grip of 49 years of military dictatorship.

What is happening right now?

With a one-year state of emergency now in effect in Myanmar, all power has been transferred to General Hlaing.

Myint Swe, a former general who runs Yangon’s powerful military command and current vice president of Myanmar, will become acting president for next year.

However, it will be the military commander running the show.

In a statement read on military-run Myawaddy TV signed by Swe, he said “legislative, judicial and executive powers” had been transferred to General Hlaing, effectively returning Myanmar to military rule.

The army then promised to hold new elections after a year-long state of emergency.

“Free and fair multiparty elections will be held and then the responsibility of the state will be left to the winning party,” said a statement on the military’s official Facebook page.

No matter what happens next, the general will try to “pile up the game in his favor”, said Herve Lemahieu of Australia’s Lowy Institute.

Governments around the world have condemned the military coup, with New Zealand, Australia, Great Britain, the US, Canada and Singapore just a few countries that have expressed concern.

US President Joe Biden has warned of a return to sanctions for Myanmar if the military does not back down.

“The United States will defend democracy wherever it is attacked,” Biden said, demanding that the military “immediately relinquish the powers they have taken”.

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GO NZ: Te Araroa changed my life walking across New Zealand | Instant News


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Laura Waters, pictured at Masons Hut, the last shack on the South Island on the Te Araroa Trail. Photo / Laura Waters

My eyes cloud as I think about the time I walked from Cape Reinga to Bluff. Here it is again, my friends must be thinking as I talk about the joys, tribulations, and amazing sights encountered during a 3000 km journey through this country. As far as a once-in-a-lifetime trip, setting foot in Te Araroa has been transformative, and its long-term effects on my life have only made it even more memorable. With the challenges of today’s world, fleeing into the wild is again a tantalizing choice.

Long-distance lines are gaining popularity around the world and in 2011 New Zealand launched its own line, a linear route connecting many pre-existing lines with several new links. In the north it winds from the west coast to the east and back again, via secluded beaches, mossy forest, the volcanic desert of Tongariro National Park, and knife-tipped ridges across the Tararua Mountains. To the south, a more direct route up and along the dramatic Southern Alps is required. About once a week, sometimes more often, the walkway intersects the city where hot showers and general stores offer the opportunity to refresh and recharge.

The Te Araroa Trail takes hikers across the country, from remote beaches in the North, to country tracks in the South.  Photo / Laura Waters
The Te Araroa Trail takes hikers across the country, from remote beaches in the North, to country tracks in the South. Photo / Laura Waters

When I left in 2013, Te Araroa was an unknown quantity, a trail that few people have managed to complete. Even though I had walked a dozen or more days under my belt, none were even more than 65 km so it was an experiment with fire on body and mind. I need it. After the closure of toxic relationships and the stress of city life, my world has been taken over by crippling anxiety and depression, the symptoms miraculously and magically disappearing within weeks of being immersed in the peace and simplicity of nature.

Then I fixed a problem I wasn’t even aware of. Walking the trails, I face countless challenges: steep, open mountains, sudden blizzards, a number of unobstructed river crossings, dubious trail signs, shoulder dislocations and, not least, loss of hiking companions. I got injured on the second day. But in overcoming this challenge I found a hitherto untapped inner intellect and courage. I learned to adapt to the environment, listen to my heart’s content and overcome fear. I found I was able to do more than I realized and I noticed how little you need to be happy – food, shelter, and a bag of belongings is enough. It is clear that life can be fun if you simplify it and eliminate the “noise.” The insights gained during those five months changed my life forever, leading to a career change and a substantial re-establishment of personal beliefs and worldviews.

Upper Travers Hut in Nelson Lakes National Park, one of the DoC huts on the Te Araroa trail.  Photo / Laura Waters
Upper Travers Hut in Nelson Lakes National Park, one of the DoC huts on the Te Araroa trail. Photo / Laura Waters

Taking the entire route will give you an experience like no other, but if you can’t spare the time or energy to wade the 3000 km, consider climbing the section, taking bite-sized stages over a long period of time. Alternatively, choose an interesting part of the cherry. The stretch from St Arnaud to Boyle Village, across from Nelson’s Lake National Park on the South Island, really evokes a few tears from me as I see its beautiful snow-capped mountains, fast-flowing rivers and vast boulder fields.

A solitary prostitute descending towards Lake Tekapo on the Te Araroa Line.  Photo / Laura Waters
A solitary prostitute descending towards Lake Tekapo on the Te Araroa Line. Photo / Laura Waters

If you’re curious to know what it’s like to have the beach all to yourself for four days, the first 100 kilometers south of Cape Reinga follows the secluded golden trail of Ninety Mile Beach. Mount Pirongia, in Waikato, marks the first true mountain range for hikers to the south and a two-day portion of its steep green mossy cliffs. Real delights are lesser-known finds such as the stunning jungle on North Island Hakarimata Road or Telford Tops on the Takitimu Trail to the south. The four-day Mavora Walkway, south of Queenstown, is also renowned for its lakes, mountains, beech forest and amazing sense of isolation.

The highlight of the trail – which incidentally doesn’t involve walking – is the 200 kilometers paddling up the Whanganui River. Kayaks and canoes can be rented at Taumarunui for a six-day paddle out to sea in Whanganui. About 200 rapids are scattered along the route, light enough for beginners to traverse yet foamy enough to get their heart racing. In some places, the river carves its way through steep-sided canyon walls dotted with ferns and gushing waterfalls, and campsites overlooking snaking water are some of the most beautiful places I have ever come across.

The Te Araroa Trail passes through the misty and misty forests of the Tararua Mountains.  Photo / Laura Waters
The Te Araroa Trail passes through the misty and misty forests of the Tararua Mountains. Photo / Laura Waters

Most of the nights on the North Island are spent in tents, but on the South Island, hikers can make use of many DoC huts on their way, especially when the weather turns challenging. Buying an inland cottage entry ticket will give you access to all the huts on the trail and while some have all the sophistication and comfort of a garden shed, others are double-layered masterpieces with cozy wood-burning stoves and five-star views.

I’m not going to cover it with sugar, walk all day, every day, need a little energy. I made it past the 10kg Whittakers in the five months it took me to complete the trail and I’m still losing weight (ah, those were the days). Te Araroa is also not for the faint of heart. The terrain is quite challenging at times and can be exposed to bad weather, but nothing compares to the feeling of being completely connected to the mainland as you peer through your flying tent as the moon rises over the remote Ahuriri River Valley. Or the shadow of a killer whale’s dorsal fin slicing through the surface of Queen Charlotte Sound as you follow the ridge trail above. Or a softer owl chirp in the dark northern forest night. Moments like magic make the trouble worth it.

Laura Waters is the author of Bewildered’s memoir, about her 3,000km hike along New Zealand.

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The Te Araroa Trail stretches 3000km from Cape Reinga to Bluff and takes between 4-6 months to complete. Topographic maps, track records and further information can be downloaded from teararoa.org.nz

For more New Zealand travel ideas and inspiration, visit newzealand.com

This story was first published in the New Zealand Herald Travel on October 1

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Hogg included two Pakistani legends in Test XI of all time | Instant News


Hogg included two Pakistani legends in Test XI of all time

The 49-year-old chose an interesting lineup of players who featured the best players who have ever set foot on cricket ground


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Former Australian leg-spinner, Brad Hogg, when responding to a tweet, revealed Test XI of all time which included the legendary Pakistani duo, the versatile Imran Khan and batsman Javed Miandad.

The 49-year-old chose an interesting lineup of players who featured the best players who have ever set foot on cricket ground. He included Pakistani Javed Miandad along with legendary Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar who formed a dream combination at the top of the order.

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Hogg then created a legendary quartet in the middle sequence consisting of Sir Vivian Richards, Brian Lara, Brian Lara, Sachin Tendulkar, and David Gower from England.

The foot spinner included Jack Russell from England in the legendary Pakistani goalkeeper slot, Imran Khan was included to provide the balance needed for the team.

The 49-year-old includes two West Indies pacers duo Joel Garner and Malcolm Marshall, while including legendary Australian spinner Shane Warne for a miraculous leg spin.

Brad Hogg all Tests of all time playing XI:

Javed Miandad, Sunil Gavaskar, Viv Richards, Brian Lara, Sachin Tendulkar, David Gower, Jack Russell, Imran Khan, Joel Garner, Malcolm Marshall, Shane Warne.

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