Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has been arrested during an military army organized coup

Myanmar’s army organized a coup and took the power and detained Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. Top members of her National League for Democracy (NLD) party were arrested as well.

An announcement read on military-owned Myawaddy TV said Commander-in-Chief Senior Gen.Min Aung Hlaing would be in charge of the country for one year. The military coup in Myanmar triggered immediate and widespread international condemnation. US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken released a statement expressing “grave concern and alarm” he continued: “We invite the Burmese military leaders to release all government officials and civil society leaders and to respect the will of the Burmese people expressed in the democratic elections”.  Burmese Reuters journalist Wa Lone twitted:  “Army cut off the state media TV and radios, local phone line and internet getting disabled across the country.” It was seen as confirmation that the military holds ultimate power despite the veneer of democracy.

Suu Kyi is the daughter of General Aung San, a hero of Burmese independence, who was assassinated shortly before the country gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1948, when she was just two years old. She spent many years abroad, especially in the United Kingdom: she studied at Oxford and then settled in the same country with her husband, the British Michael Aris, to raise their two children. Returning to her country in 1988, she began to actively take part in the protests to demand democratic reforms and free elections, inspired by the non-violent campaigns of Martin Luther King in the US and Mahatma Gandhi in India. 

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