Burma: Army seizes power and arrests Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Prize winner in 1991, ex-dissident and leader of Burma since 2016 was arrested by the army. An arrest that occurs after the coup d'état perpetrated by the country's armed powers. 

Un Rebellion was perpetrated on Monday February 1 against the democratic government of Aung San Suu Kyi by the Myanmar army in Burma. Armed forces handed power to military leader Min Aung Hlaing and imposed a state of emergency for one year, agency reports to Reuters.

The country's leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, was arrested alongside other influential members of her National League for Democracy (NLD) party on Monday morning. Detentions in response to "electoral fraud" the military said.

In a statement released by the NLD, Aung San Suu Kyi called on the people of Myanmar to oppose this military coup, reports Myanmar Now.

“The public is urged to fully oppose and resoundingly resist the military coup. "

She affirms that the Burmese armed forces "have shown no consideration for the current Covid-19 pandemic" and adds that they "will only bring the country back to the military dictatorship".

In response to accusations of fraud, the press release claims that the party won the general elections of last year and the year before, "in accordance with the laws in force".

Former army captain and influential LND member Win Htein says coup is the result of military chief's "personal ambitions" Min Aung Hlaing, now at the head of the country.

“Min Aung Hlaing's personal ambitions resulted in this coup. It is clearly not in the public interest. We have witnessed how our country became impoverished and became a pariah state due to the previous coups of 1962 and 1988. ”

Also according to Myanmar Now, the army announced in a program on the Myawaddy television channel that new general elections would be held and that power would go to the "winning" party. Waiting, NLD deputies who were to take their seats for a new term on Monday were confined to their residential quarters under police and military surveillance.

The United Nations reacted quickly after this coup, "strongly condemning" the arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi, he reaffirmed his "unwavering support for the people of Myanmar in their quest for democracy, peace, human rights and the rule of law ”.

“The Secretary-General strongly condemns the detention of State Councilor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, President U Win Myint and other political leaders on the eve of the opening session of Myanmar's new Parliament. It expresses its grave concern over the declaration of the transfer of all legislative, executive and judicial powers to the military. These developments are a blow to democratic reforms in Myanmar. The general elections of November 8, 2020 give a strong mandate to the National League for Democracy (NLD), reflecting the clear will of the people of Myanmar to continue on the hard-won path of democratic reform. The Secretary-General urges the military leadership to respect the will of the people of Myanmar and adhere to democratic standards, with any dispute resolved through peaceful dialogue. All leaders must act in the best interests of Myanmar's democratic reform, engage in constructive dialogue, refrain from violence and fully respect human rights and fundamental freedoms. The Secretary-General reaffirms the unwavering support of the United Nations for the people of Myanmar in their pursuit of democracy, peace, human rights and the rule of law. "

Camille Westphal Perrier

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Article originally published in February 2021.

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