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Dance Dance Revolution: Viral coup video unwittingly spotlights Indonesia’s affinity to Myanmar

  • Dian Septiari
    Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, February 3, 2021   /  01:08 pm
Dance Dance Revolution: Viral coup video unwittingly spotlights Indonesia’s affinity to Myanmar Khing Hnin Wai, a physical education teacher from Myanmar, dances through a military coup in front of the parliamentary building in Naypyidaw on Feb. 1. The video shows armored vehicles driving behind the instructor, accidentally capturing the military coup-in-progress. (Twitter/@VonKoutli)

A day after Myanmar’s armed forces, the Tatmadaw, shocked the world by overthrowing the country's civilian government on Monday, an absurd video appearing to capture part of the coup in the making went viral on social media. In the video, a Burmese woman does a morning aerobics routine to the beat of a lively tune, apparently oblivious to the military convoy that is storming toward Myanmar's parliament building in the background. The irony did not stop with the woman’s unawareness of the coup unfolding behind her. Indonesian netizens quickly pointed out that the song she was dancing to was oddly fitting. The woman in the video, Khing Hnin Wai, was dancing to an Indonesian song titled "Ampun Bang Jago", which roughly translates to "Ease up, Mr. Hotshot" – a phrase that is used as a retort against arrogant or self-righteous authority f...

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