Myanmar Coup Tracker



Myanmar Coup Tracker is a website dedicated to mapping key events following the military coup staged by Tatmadaw, Myanmar's military, which occurred on 1 February 2021, in an attempt to grab power from the civilian government.


For the sake of clarity, we also include a few entries before 1 February 2021 and the results of the 2020 general elections, which were used by the Tatmadaw as a justification for the coup. However, the election results and the complaints about irregularities are not necessarily in a causal relationship with the coup. There are more explanations and speculations about the erosion behind the coup, and it is not the aim of this initiative to uncover it.


The Myanmar Coup Tracker is an open-access, crowd-sourced tool for anyone working on Myanmar, whether it is in research, advocacy, or policy. It is a long-term initiative and the entries are updated every week, focusing on internal politics, the CDM movement, international responses, occurrence of violence, and freedom of expression/media.


If you have any comments, suggestions, or events to add to the Tracker, please reach out to our colleague Dr. Kristína Kironská (Head of Project), or use the form below.

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Abbreviations

AA | Arakan Army

AAPP | Assistance Association for Political Prisoners

ANC | The Arakan National Council

ASSK | Aung San Suu Kyi

CDM | Civil Disobedience Movement

CRPH | Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (Assembly of the Union)

CSO | Civil society organization

EAO | ethnic armed organization

IDP | internally displaced people

KIA | Kachin Independence Army

KNLA | Karen National Liberation Army

MAH | Min Aung Hlaing

MEC | Myanmar Economic Corporation

MEHL | Myanmar Economic Holdings Limited.

MNDAA | The Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army

NCA | National Ceasefire Agreement

NLD | National League for Democracy

NUG | National Unity Government

PDF | People’s Defense Force

SAC | State Administration Council

SNLD | Shan Nationalities League for Democracy

TNLA | Ta'ang National Liberation Army

UEC | Union Election Commission

UNGA | United National General Assembly

UNSC | United Nations Security Council

USDP | Union Solidarity and Development Party

Coup Tracker

January 2021

26 January

  • The spokesman for the Armed Forces Zaw Min Tun said the military would “take action” and use all available options including the Supreme Court. When asked if he could rule out a coup, he said “cannot say so”.


28 January


29 January

February 2021

1 February


2 February


3 February


4 February


5 February


6 February


7 February


8 February


9 February


10 February


11 February


12 February


13 February

  • SAC made changes to privacy laws which now allow authorities to enter private residences without warrants and detain people without permission from a court.

  • The military threatened civil servants who refused to return to work.

  • The junta issued arrest warrants for 7 people, including a singer, writer, think tank director, social media influencers, and former 88 generation student leaders Min Ko Naing and Jimmy, charging them under the Penal Code for “using their popularity to destabilize the country”.


14 February


15 February


16 February


17 February


18 February


19 February


20 February

  • NCA signatories announced that they will no longer negotiate with the junta.

  • Norway froze state-to-state knowledge development programs in Myanmar.

  • Singapore said the use of lethal force against unarmed protesters is inexcusable.

  • The UK said it will consider further action against those involved in violence.

  • The EU's Foreign Policy Chief condemned the deadly violence.

  • US State Department spokesperson said the US is “deeply concerned”.


21 February


22 February


23 February


24 February


25 February


26 February


27 February


28 February

March 2021

1 March


2 March


3 March


4 March


5 March


6 March


7 March


8 March


9 March


10 March


11 March


12 March


14 March


15 March


16 March


17 March


18 March


19 March


20 March


22 March


23 March


24 March


25 March


26 March


27 March


28 March


29 March


30 March


31 March

April 2021

1 April


2 April

  • Australian government stepped up calls on the junta to release Sean Turnell.


3 April


4 April


5 April


6 April


7 April


8 April


9 April


10 April


11 April

  • “Flash Strike”, aiming flashlights into the night sky to signal rejection of the coup.


12 April


13 April


14 April


15 April


16 April


17 April


18 April


19 April


20 April


21 April


22 April


23 April


24 April


25 April


26 April


27 April


28 April


29 April


30 April

May 2021

1 May


2 May

  • Several bomb blasts in Kyauk Myaung, Tharkayta, Thingangyun, South Okkalapa, South Dagon, and North Dagon.


3 May


4 May


5 May


6 May


7 May

  • 16 military troops killed and several wounded during shootouts with civilian resistance forces in Sagaing Region. Protesters are using more sophisticated weapons against the military than in the beginning.


8 May


9 May


10 May


11 May


12 May


13 May


14 May


15 May


17 May


18 May


19 May


20 May


21 May


22 May


23 May


24 May


25 May


26 May


27 May


28 May


30 May


31 May

June 2021

1 June

  • The military bombed villages in Katha, Sagaing Region, a day after the Katha PDF ambushed a convoy of junta soldiers.

  • The military shot at Buddhist monks from Ma Soe Yein Monastery who recited religious verses in protest against the military.

  • The military invaded a refugee camp in Putao and threatened unarmed refugees with the suspicion that KIA intelligence was stationed at the camp.

  • DVB and Mizzima reporters sentenced to 2 years in prison.

  • A Thai court sentenced 3 Myanmar journalists from DVB and their 2 associates to 7 months imprisonment for entering Thailand illegally.

  • 40 French MPs urged the country’s administration to declare support for the NUG and to increase pressure on Total.

  • 5 civilians accused of being military informants from two villages in Gangaw, Magway region found dead.


3 June


4 June


5 June


6 June


7 June

  • PDFs formed in Monywa, and Chaung-U, Sagaing Region.

  • The NUG will classify all organizations supporting the military as terrorists.

  • ASSK asked civilians to donate money to cover her legal fees and basic living expenses; she is under house arrest refuses the assistance provided by the SAC.

  • The junta judge overseeing ASSK’s trial to complete the hearing of the 5 cases against her within 180 days, and proceedings in the first criminal case set to finish on 28 June. The hearings would take place every Monday and Tuesday.

  • ASEAN met with China in accordance to help in carrying out its 5-point consensus to resolve the crisis in Myanmar.

  • ASEAN ministers pressure Myanmar after 'painfully slow' progress.


8 June


9 June


11 June


12 June


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