Itamaraty Refuses to Call Political Takeover in Myanmar a Military Coup

Note also does not mention political prisoners, including a Nobel peace prize winner; US has already called it a 'coup d'état'

São Paulo

Itamaraty published a diplomatic note this Tuesday (2) in which it does not refer to the coup d'état in Myanmar as a coup or mention those arrested by the military junta - among them the Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, civil leader de facto country.

In the text, the ministry affirms that it is following “attentively the developments of the decree of the state of emergency in Myanmar” and says that Brazil expects the country to return quickly “to democratic normality with the preservation of the Rule of Law.”

Myanmar's military checkpoint is seen on the way to the congress compound in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, February 1, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer - REUTERS

The military overthrew the democratic government of the Asian country on Monday (1st) and arrested Suu Kyi, the country's president, authorities and opposition politicians.

The United States formally determined Tuesday that the seizure of power by the military is a "coup d'etat", a designation that requires the country to cut off all foreign aid to the Asian nation.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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