Myanmar: Aung San Suu Kyi sentenced to two years in prison

The former head of the Burmese civilian government, Aung San Suu Kyi, was sentenced to two years in prison on Monday.

On Monday, Aung San Suu Kyi was sentenced to four years in prison for inciting public disturbance and violating health rules related to Covid. This sentence, which aroused concern in the international community, was reduced to two years in prison a few hours later.

The organization Amnesty International reacted in particular, affirming that the Burmese junta seeks to “suffocate freedoms”, by imprisoning the former leader of the government.

“The heavy sentences imposed on Aung San Suu Kyi on the basis of these bogus accusations are the latest example of the military's determination to eliminate all opposition and stifle freedoms in Burma. "

The Nobel Peace Prize winner also faces many other charges (sedition, corruption, electoral fraud, etc.) and risks up to 15 years in prison. She will be judged again on December 14th.

After his conviction was announced, residents of Rangoon took to the streets to protest. AFP reports that according to analysts, the Burmese army hopes, with the imprisonment of the former leader, to permanently stifle its influence but that new resistance to the junta is gaining ground.

According to David Mathieson, an independent analyst who spoke to AFP, if "this period looks like a final chapter, completely dismissing Aung San Suu Kyi and destroying the party for good", "maybe (that the junta) created a political force which could prove to be even more determined than Aung San Suu Kyi to end the military regime ”.

While in several regions of the country, the army continues to target civilians and destroy homes including many churches, analysts reveal that hundreds of people have moved to rebel-controlled areas to train for combat and retaliate against the military.

Camille Westphal Perrier (with AFP)

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Article originally published on December 7, 2021.

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