The military coup in Myanmar took an absurd turn on Monday as a video spread across social media of a woman dancing in front of armored vehicles.
The aerobics video appears to have been filmed on Monday morning, as the coup was happening, capturing a surreal scene of a military takeover set to a lively electronic beat. The woman, named Khing Hnin Wai, dances for three minutes, seemingly oblivious what was unfolding behind her. According to her Facebook profile, she is a physical education teacher employed by the country’s Ministry of Education.
The video was so unbelievable that viewers on began to wonder whether she was dancing in front of a green screen. They pointed to the shadow behind the woman, part of which disappears in the video.
But it’s unlikely the video was fake. A search of the location shows she was dancing on the stairs of a roundabout not far from the Myanmar parliament buildings, which is why the shadow appeared cut off. Street view imagery posted by Bellingcat researcher Aric Toler also confirms the location.