Poland concerned by military coup in Myanmar

The Foreign Ministry on Monday expressed Poland’s deep concern over the takeover of power by the military in Myanmar and appealed for the observance of democratic principles.

"The takeover of power by the military is a violation of the constitution and an attempt to undermine the will of the people of Myanmar expressed in the general election [that took place in November 2020]," the Foreign Ministry stated in a press release.

The ministry added that "Poland calls for the observance of the principles of democracy, the release of all who have been unlawfully detained and the restoration of the constitutional order."

On Monday, Myanmar's military arrested, among others, the country's political leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the country’s president, thereby seizing power in the country. A state of emergency was also introduced for the next 12 months.

The military justified the coup by stating it was necessary due to alleged electoral irregularities. Tanks are on the streets of cities, a night-time curfew has been introduced, and access to telephones and the Internet has been limited.

The coup d'état in Myanmar was condemned by EU leaders, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the new US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken. President Joe Biden is considering the possibility of imposing sanctions on the country, and France is calling for the November election results, which were won by the arrested Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, to be respected.

The UN believes that the situation for Muslims remaining in Myanmar may now worsen, and the Nobel Committee expressed its indignation at the arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi, who was a Nobel Peace Prize winner in 1991.