Exercise instructor unwittingly captured opening moments of Myanmar military coup in dance video
She hadn’t expected that a simple aerobics video would bring instant and widespread fame on the internet.
In Myanmar, when a convoy of military vehicles arrived at parliament to overthrow the government in a coup, Khing Hnin Wai was recording his aerobics video in the area.
On Monday, the arrival of army vehicles was filmed in the background of the video. Khing, however, continued to dance without missing a step, Scroll.in reports.
Khing, a physical education teacher in Myanmar, did not foresee that a simple aerobics video would bring instant and widespread fame on the Internet.
Woman took her regular outdoor aerobics class without realizing that a coup was taking place at #Myanmar. A military convoy reaching the parliament can be seen behind the woman as she does aerobics. Unbelievable! pic.twitter.com/gRnQkMshDe
– Aditya Raj Kaul (@AdityaRajKaul) February 1, 2021
Khing was recording the video for a dance fitness competition and she wanted to win it, so she continued her aerobic exercises without embarrassment as the military arrived at Myanmar’s parliament in the background of her video.
She eventually noticed that helicopters and vehicles with heavy weapons were heading towards the parliament, and some officers even gave her a smile as they passed.
I spoke to Ãngel, who says he cut the video from Facebook and posted it here, and it looks like Khing Hnin Wai just posted a bunch of other videos that she took at the same location as proof, responding to its virality. I therefore lean to consider it as legitimate https://t.co/Ae1er8F5Bl pic.twitter.com/PQW7PExoGH
– Vincent Bevins (@Vincent) February 1, 2021
Some social media users have expressed concerns that the video could be fake, but according to research cited by BuzzFeed News, the claim is unlikely to be true.
The physical education teacher, who is an employee of Myanmar’s Ministry of Education, has also posted other videos in the past that were recorded at the same location.