Myanmar’s ruling junta issues new charges for Aung San Suu Kyi

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Myanmar’s ruling subject squared disconnected against its opponents successful the courts, the streets and the countryside Monday, showing nary motion of relenting successful its crackdown against those opposed to February’s coup.

Aung San Suu Kyi, who led the elected authorities toppled successful the subject takeover, was accused of a caller transgression complaint erstwhile she appeared by video nexus earlier a justice successful the superior Naypyitaw connected Monday, according to her lawyers.

Aung San Suu Kyi was accused of breaching a instrumentality intended to power the dispersed of the coronavirus, the 2nd specified complaint against her nether the aforesaid law. She is already facing charges of illegally importing walkie-talkies, unlicensed usage of them, inciting nationalist unrest and breaking the authoritative secrets act.


The junta besides has accused Aung San Suu Kyi of corruption and presented connected authorities tv what it said was grounds that she took bribes.

Aung San Suu Kyi’s supporters accidental the prosecutions are politically motivated tactics to effort to legitimize the Feb 1 coup and discredit her. The generals overthrew Aung San Suu Kyi’s authorities little than 3 months aft she won a landslide triumph successful a wide predetermination and immoderate condemnation could spot her banned from a aboriginal election.

The coup enactment a halt to the advancement Myanmar had made towards greater democratization aft 5 decades of subject rule. The takeover and the bloody crackdown connected absorption that has followed has led to calls for an arms embargo connected the state and different planetary sanctions that could unit the subject into a instrumentality to much antiauthoritarian rule.

As of Sunday, 706 protesters and bystanders person been verified arsenic killed successful the post-coup crackdown, said the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, which tracks casualties and arrests.

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Despite the lethal menace protesters returned to the streets and agrarian by-ways of confederate Myanmar connected Monday, determined to support nationalist demonstrations going.

In Launglone Township adjacent the metropolis of Dawei, a ample radical mounted motorbikes and rode done the villages of Pandale and Nyin Maw, reddish banners snapping successful the breeze arsenic they sang and chanted slogans of resistance.

In Dawei itself, students, teachers and engineers carried their connection of defiance done the metropolis connected foot.


Marches took spot successful different cities and towns arsenic well, and a fewer carried connected a inclination of assigning a quirky taxable to their protests.

Demonstrators successful Mandalay, the country’s second-biggest city, held a “Watermelon Strike,” marching with large slices and making anti-coup displays featuring slogans painted connected the melons oregon attached to them.

In Yangon, 5 nationalist metropolis buses caught occurrence earlier dawn, with nary indications of who mightiness person acceptable them alight. Such mysterious attacks person mounted successful caller weeks, with the junta blaming protesters and protesters blaming the junta.

More aggravated unit took spot successful the bluish authorities of Kachin, wherever 2 Myanmar subject combatant jets attacked a basal belonging to the Kachin Independence Organization, which is the main governmental radical representing the Kachin taste radical successful the area. The organization, which seeks autonomy for the Kachin, maintains its ain subject force, and said its basal has besides been nether artillery attack, reported the Kachin News Group,

Their study besides said Kachin forces connected Monday staged a palmy onslaught to thrust away a Myanmar subject force guarding a span connected a large road.

The Kachin are 1 of much than a twelve taste number groups who person been seeking autonomy for decades. Another, the Karen successful eastbound Myanmar, person besides been facing attacks from the service since the coup, including aerial strikes.


The Free Burma Rangers, which offers humanitarian aesculapian assistance to taste number villagers successful Myanmar’s borderline regions, says much than 20,000 villagers person been displaced by the government’s offensive, which was continuing Monday with the usage of artillery.

The Kachin and the Karen person declared their solidarity with the protests against the coup and vowed to support demonstrations successful the territory they control.

Also appearing successful tribunal Monday by video nexus with Aung San Suu Kyi were erstwhile President Win Myint and the erstwhile politician of Naypyitaw, Myo Aung, who besides look charges.

According to the caput of her ineligible team, Khin Maung Zaw, the 3 defendants appeared successful bully health, but the lawyer who was successful tribunal was not allowed to talk to them astir immoderate matters different than the contiguous cases against them.

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