More than 24 hours after the coup in Myanmar, it remains unclear where government leader Aung San Suu Kyi is being held. The Nobel Prize winner was arrested early yesterday. There are reports that she is under house arrest in the capital, Naypyidaw, but this has not been officially confirmed.
The National League for Democracy, Suu Kyi’s party, demands the army to release her immediately and for the military leadership to recognize her convincing victory in the elections in November. The army says there is fraud in the elections and considers this fraud a reason to seize power. The Election Commission ruled that there was no widespread fraud.
Not only Aung San Suu Kyi is in prison, but also about 400 deputies who were present in the capital for the inauguration of the new parliament, which was scheduled for yesterday. They are trapped in their government apartments. They can contact each other and their supporters there, but they are not allowed to leave the building.
Western countries and the United Nations responded to the coup rejection. US President Biden threatens to re-impose sanctions on the military council. The UN Security Council is expected to meet in an emergency session later today to discuss the coup in Myanmar.
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