Aung San Suu Kyi 'in good health': Military junta

Pablo Tucker
February 16, 2021

In Yangon, police blocked off the street in front of the Central Bank, which protesters have targeted amid speculation online that the military is seeking to seize money from them. Her lawyer says she will be remanded in detention until Wednesday, two days longer than initially expected.

"Ms Schraner Burgener has reinforced that the right ofpeaceful assembly must fully be respected and that demonstratorsare not subjected to reprisals", U.N. spokesman Farhan Haq saidat the United Nations.

"She has conveyed to the Myanmar military that the world is watching closely, and any form of heavy-handed response is likely to have severe consequences".

The number of casualties was not clear, it said.

Western ambassadors to Myanmar late Sunday issued a joint statement calling on the country's security forces "to refrain from using violence against demonstrators and civilians, who are protesting the overthrow of their legitimate government".

The February 1 coup and the arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi and others have sparked the biggest protests in Myanmar in more than a decade.

The junta, led by Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, said it stepped in because the government failed to properly investigate allegations of fraud in last year's election, which Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party won in a landslide. "Now everything is settled".

The judge in the capital, Naypyitaw, had spoken to Suu Kyi by video conferencing and she had asked if she could hire a lawyer, Khin Maung Zaw told Reuters.

"I am legally allowed to see them as I will be representing them".

"The internet blackout is real".

The army cut off the internet for a second consecutive night early on Tuesday though it was again restored at about 9 a.m.

While it was unclear how the disaster law applied in Suu Kyi's case, it has been used against deposed president Win Myint - also arrested on Feb 1 - relating to a campaign event that the junta alleges broke coronavirus-related restrictions.

Protesters also urged soldiers on the streets to join the demonstrations.

On Sunday, police in the northern city of Myitkyina opened fire on people protesting.

Demonstrators retaliated by throwing bricks, said a rescue team member who assisted with the injured.

Tensions have risen in Myanmar following mass protests, with some residents reporting an internet outage in the early hours of Monday.

"It's a big worry and concern for the villagers".

The shutdown came after another day of protests in Rangoon, in defiance of armoured vehicles and troop convoys stationed around key sections of the city - although turnout was smaller than in recent days.

More than 420 people have been arrested since the coup, according to a list of confirmed detentions from the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners monitoring group. It comes after the U.S. embassy earlier warned there was a possibility of an internet blackout overnight between 1am and 9am.

"The assault on freedom of expression must stop", it tweeted.

United Nations special rapporteur Tom Andrews told AFP Monday that he does not expect Suu Kyi's court hearing to be fair. This is theater. It's just theater.

"It's as if the generals have declared war on the people", UN Special Rapporteur Tom Andrews said on Twitter.

"In a kind of an ironic way, the generals have proven their capacity to unify the country in ways that I have never seen", he added. They accuse Beijing of propping up the military regime and applaud Washington's actions sanctioning the military.

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