Myanmar Coup: Second Charge Against Aung San Suu Kyi

The NLD party leader was detained by the military in February, has already been charged for illegally smuggling radio sets into the country.

Aung San Suu Kyi
RANGOON, Burma (November 14, 2014) President Barack Obama greets Chairperson of the National League ...

Myanmar’s military has charged Aung San Suu Kyi with a second charge under the country’s national disaster law. The move to charge the nation’s elected leader has attracted criticism from the United Kingdom and the United States.

The NLD party leader was detained by the military in February, has already been charged for illegally smuggling radio sets into the country. In response, Ned Price, the spokesperson of the State Department, told the news reporters that Washington was “disturbed” by the new charges. He further said that Biden had already said stated that the army’s seizure of power is an assault on the country’s democracy.

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On the other hand, the British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab also called for an immediate release of Suu Kyi and condemned the charges as well as described them as politically motivated. Meanwhile, despite the heavy police and military presence, protestors once again took to the streets, demanding the general to step down and release Suu Kyi.

Besides, the United Nations envoy warned the military regime of severe consequences if the force was used against demonstrators. It said in a press conference that was boycotted by the media reporters, the military announced a year-long state of emergency. It further repeated their earlier promise to hold an election and a transfer of power and denied the detention of Suu Kyi and other NLD leaders.

The coup unfolded following November’s general elections, in which the NLD secured a whopping majority. However, the army rejected the results and accused Suu Kyi’s party of widespread election fraud. Since 2011, the country was ruled by a powerful military followed by a democratic transition and a series of reforms. Under Burma’s constitution that was drafted back in 2008, a quarter of seats in the parliament are reserved for military leaders.

Since February 1, thousands of people have been taking part in the protests, which the experts dub as the biggest in more than a decade. Moreover, several protestors and other elected leaders have also been taken into custody by the incumbent regime.

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