Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi remanded until Feb 17 as protests continue

YANGON: Myanmar’s ousted chief Aung San Suu Kyi will probably be remanded in detention until Wednesday (Feb 17) for a courtroom listening to and won’t seem on Monday as initially anticipated, her lawyer instructed journalists within the capital Naypyidaw.

“We came here to submit our power of attorney letter and discussed with the district judge. According to him, the remand is until the 17th and not today,” Khin Maung Zaw instructed reporters, including that he was nonetheless making an attempt to see her consistent with the regulation.


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Demonstrators close to the central financial institution in Yangon on Feb 15, 2021. (Photo: Naung Kham)

When requested in regards to the equity of the proceedings, the lawyer stated: “Whether it is fair or not, you can decide yourself.”

The decide in Naypyidaw had spoken to Suu Kyi by video conferencing and he or she had requested if she may rent a lawyer, Khin Maung Zaw instructed Reuters.

The authorities and armed forces couldn’t be reached for remark.​​​​​​​

Aung San Suu Kyi’s prolonged detention is more likely to additional inflame tensions between the army, which seized power in a Feb 1 coup. Protesters have taken to the streets of cities throughout the nation looking for the return of the federal government they elected.

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The unrest has revived reminiscences of bloody outbreaks of opposition to virtually half a century of direct military rule over the Southeast Asian nation, which led to 2011, when the army started a means of withdrawing from civilian politics.

Violence this time has been restricted however on Sunday, police opened fireplace to disperse protesters at an influence plant in northern Myanmar though it was unclear in the event that they have been utilizing rubber bullets or reside rounds and there was no phrase on casualties.

Protesters continued to assemble throughout Myanmar on Monday following an evening through which authorities cut the country’s Internet access and elevated the safety presence in main cities, looking for to curtail demonstrations.

More than a dozen police vans with 4 water cannon autos have been deployed on Monday close to the Sule Pagoda in central Yangon, which has been one of many primary demonstration websites within the business capital, as teams of protesters gathered exterior the central financial institution and the Chinese embassy.

Protesters near Central Bank in Yangon

Protesters close to Central Bank in Yangon, Myanmar on Feb 15, 2021. (Photo: Naung Kham)

At the financial institution, a number of hundred protesters quietly held up indicators calling for colleagues to hitch the CDM – the civil disobedience motion.

An armoured automobile and about six vans carrying troopers have been parked close by, a witness stated.

Armoured autos have been additionally deployed on Sunday within the northern city of Myitkyina and Sittwe within the west, the primary large-scale use of such autos because the coup.

More troopers have additionally been noticed on the streets to assist police who’ve been largely overseeing crowd management, together with members of the 77th Light Infantry Division, a cellular pressure recognized for its brutal campaigns towards ethnic minority insurgents and towards protests previously.

Police in Naypyidaw detained about 20 high-school college students protesting by a highway. Images posted on social media by one of many college students confirmed them chanting slogans of defiance as they have been taken away in a police bus.

soldiers inside an army tank near Central Bank in Yangon

Soldiers inside a military tank close to Central Bank in Yangon, Myanmar on Feb 15, 2021. (Photo: Naung Kham)

“Remember, we don’t swear at the police and don’t sign anything at the police station,” one pupil might be heard saying.

Media additionally confirmed orderly ranks of protesters marching in Naypyidaw with footage of Aung San Suu Kyi with the message: “we want our leader”.

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Western embassies – from the European Union, Britain, Canada and 11 different nations – issued a press release late on Sunday calling on safety forces to “refrain from violence against demonstrators and civilians, who are protesting the overthrow of their legitimate government”.

The military has been finishing up nightly arrests and has given itself sweeping search and detention powers. At least 400 individuals have been detained because the coup, the monitoring group Assistance Association for Political Prisoners stated.

On Sunday, the army revealed penal code amendments geared toward stifling dissent and residents reported an Internet outage after midnight on Sunday which lasted until about 9am.

The amendments to the penal code set out a 20-year jail time period for inciting hatred of the federal government or army or hindering the safety forces engaged in preserving state stability.

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Hindering the safety forces finishing up their duties is punishable by seven years in jail whereas spreading concern, faux information or agitating towards authorities staff will get three years, based on the amendments posted on a army web site.

The junta has ordered civil servants again to work, threatening motion.

In the most recent signal of disruption by employees, the Department of Civil Aviation stated in a press release many employees had stopped coming to work since Feb 8, inflicting flight delays.

Some trains have additionally stopped working, media reported.


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