The army in Myanmar have claimed an election in November 2020 was fraudulent and have taken control of the country. Several politicians, including Aung San Suu Kyi, have been arrested. Tom and Neil have the vocabulary you need to talk about this story.

Video chapters:
0:00​​ – Introduction
0:31​​ – Story
1:41​​ – Headline 1: Myanmar coup: Aung San Suu Kyi detained as military seizes control
5:12- Headline 2: Myanmar: Military’s rogue move puts country at dangerous and disturbing crossroads
7:14 – Military power grab deals killer blow to Myanmar’s fledgling democracy
9:33​​ – Language summary

The story:
The armed forces in Myanmar have carried out a coup, arresting Aung San Suu Kyi and other senior figures in the ruling party.

The military claims that the election she won in November was fraudulent and are imposing a state of emergency for one year.

Key words and phrases:
takeover of government by force
*The presence of soldiers on the streets indicated that there had been a coup.
*Supporters of the former president describe the opposition party’s victory as a coup.

at a crossroads
at a point of change
*Stephanie’s career is at a crossroads. Should she accept the promotion or leave the company for good?
*The trade talks are at a crossroads. No one knows which way they will go.

deals a killer blow
ends something suddenly and violently
*Covid has dealt a killer blow to some struggling businesses.
*Failing her exams dealt a killer blow to Larissa’s dream of becoming a doctor.

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