Khing Hnin Wai, a middle school physical education instructor, had taken to using the same location to film exercise videos every day.
  • Middle school physical education teacher Khing Hnin Wai routinely films exercise videos on the side of the street in Yangon, Myanmar.
  • Wai's video yesterday caught the exact moment the military seized control of the country in a coup.
  • It's now been viewed more than 180,000 times.
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Khing Hnin Wai happened to be at the wrong place at the right time. 

The middle school physical education instructor was filming her daily aerobics routine in downtown Yangon, Myanmar, as the country's military staged a coup at the president's palace.  

The extraordinary video captured the moment when Myanmar's military seized control of the country from the ruling National League for Democracy early on Monday. Several members of the NLD, including Nobel Peace Price winner Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint, haven't been seen since yesterday. 

The military said they enacted the coup in response to what they claimed was widespread fraud in the country's November 2020 election. After an independent commission failed to find any merit to their claims, military trucks and tanks rolled into the city of Yangon and the capital city of Naypyidaw.   

The US and several other countries have threatened Myanmar with severe sanctions in response. 

On Facebook, Wai explained that she'd been filming daily videos in the same location and sharing them on social media for months, and in no way expected to film such a historic moment.

Wai's video has already turned into a meme and has been viewed more than 180,000 times.  

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