Myanmar teacher dancing video to the coup backdrop becomes a viral feeling
Although the dramatic events in Myanmar inevitably led to the declaration of a year-long state of emergency, one exceptional video surfaced and stormed the Internet.
The video features a spirited teacher's energetic aerobics routine to the tune of Ampun Bang Jago, a song by Indonesian artists Tian Storm and Ever Slkr, made famous by TikTok, set against a dystopian backdrop of black armoured vehicles and tanks rolling up to Myanmar's Parliament house.
Khing Hnin Wai continues hitting every beat with military vehicles whizzing by in the background, sometimes tossing out tiny punches and hitting rhythmic side shuffles in the three-and-a-half-minute video.
Originally posted to Khing's Facebook profile, the video has now accrued more than 50,000 Facebook likes and 16,000 shares alone.
The video has also been shared widely by netizens worldwide on other social media sites such as Twitter, launching Khing to international prominence in less than a day.
Netizens have also been swift to point out the irony of the case, provided that Ampun Bang Jago, the song she was dancing to, is a term widely used by Indonesians to ridicule vain people or others who think of themselves too highly.
"The song makes it 100x more funny," Twitter user @jawadywn said, while @fwong said, "This may be the single greatest shot in movie history."
According to her Facebook profile, Khing, a physical education coach, has been practising daily in the same place for 11 months now.
In a more recent post, in the months before, she uploaded nearly a dozen other videos of her performing similarly spirited aerobic routines and tagged on a reason for doing so.
She is practising for a fitness dance competition, Khing said. She also clarified that she figured it was just going to be another normal morning and didn't know these incidents were going to happen.
Hours after chief Aung San Suu Kyi and other senior figures from the ruling National League for Democracy Party were arrested in an early morning raid, a year-long state of emergency was declared in Myanmar on Monday (Feb 1).
The army of Myanmar officially announced that control had been handed over to the armed forces commander-in-chief, Min Aung Hlaing.
The step comes after days of escalating tension between the civilian government and the influential army that, in the aftermath of an election that the army claimed was illegitimate, stirred fears of a coup.