Khing Hnin Wai, an aerobics instructor, appears to continue her workout in front of what appears to be a convoy of army trucks and a road block.  |  Photo Credit: Twitter
Naypyidaw: An aerobics instructor filming an exercise routine in front of Myanmar’s parliament has created a buzz online after she unwittingly captured the first moments of the coup in the background of her video.
The video shot in Naypyidaw shows a woman named Khing Hnin Wai continuing her workout in front of what appears to be a convoy of army trucks and a road block.
Wai who identifies herself as a physical education teacher and has a large following on Facebook, posted the video of herself performing her exercise routine as black SUVs drive up to the security checkpoint on the road leading to Assembly of the Union complex behind her. She doesn’t skip a beat as military vehicles appear behind her.
She does not appear to know what is happening behind her. She makes small punching moves as cars behind her come to a standstill.
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Wai posted on Facebook again to say that she has shot many videos at the location before and the video was real. She said that she had been filming dance videos outside the assembly for 11 months.
The video has gone viral across social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and Reddit. One user said, “This masked woman in Myanmar livestreaming her workout routine oblivious to the coup taking place right behind her may just prove to be the most emblematic video of the 2020’s.”
Another user said, “Talk about a revolutionary workout.” A third user said, “If 2021 was a video….. Casually doing your exercise video while a coup unfolds behind you.”
On Monday, Myanmar’s military announced that it had taken control of the democratically elected government and declared a one-year state of emergency.
Nobel laureate and state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and other senior leaders of the ruling party were detained in early morning raids as part of the coup.