Aung San Suu Kyi hit with fresh charges after Myanmar's bloodiest day

03 Mars, 2021, 08:55 | Auteur: Yves Courtet
  • In this image taken from video by UNTV Myanmar Ambassador to the United Nations Kyaw Moe Tun flashes the three-fingered salute a gesture of defiance done by anti-coup protesters in Myanmar at the end of his speech before the U.N. General Assembly at

Almost two dozen were killed on Sunday in demonstrations nationwide.

The Myanmar Police Force said that 571 protesters had been detained in 11 provinces on Sunday, after the UN Human Rights Office said more than 1,000 people had been "arbitrarily arrested" since the coup.

"We can not say for sure how many more cases Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will face in this period", he told reporters in Naypyidaw.

The February 1 coup reversed years of slow progress towards democracy after five decades of military rule in Myanmar.

Monday's court proceedings were preliminary attempts to start trial in the case, that could lead to prison sentences of two to three years, her lawyer Khin Maung Zaw said.

A lawyer for Aung San Suu Kyi said she has also been charged with spreading information inciting social unrest.

Myanmar's military ousted their ambassador to the United Nations after he gave a fiery speech against the regime.

The new charges came as the Southeast Asian country saw its deadliest day of protests since the February 1 coup on Sunday, with the United Nations saying at least 18 protesters were killed in a stark escalation of violence to quell persistent demonstrations against military rule.

Confirming the deaths of protesters has been hard amid the chaos and general lack of news from official sources, especially in areas outside Yangon, Mandalay and the capital of Naypyitaw. The army was also investigating financial abuse by the civilian government, he said.

It is not clear what punishment the new charges might carry, but she could reportedly be barred from running in future elections if convicted.

"The people of Myanmar have the right to assemble peacefully and demand the restoration of democracy", said OHCHR spokesperson, Ravina Shamdasani, in a statement issued on Sunday.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken condemned what he called "abhorrent violence" by security forces, while Canada's foreign minister, Marc Garneau, said the military's use of lethal force against its own people "appalling".

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British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said Monday that Britain is also considering further actions against Myanmar.

"We'll continue to look at how we hold individual members of the regime to account", he told reporters in London. "Although, as I said, the responsibility for resolving this lies with the authorities in Myanmar".

Several wounded people were hauled away by fellow protesters, leaving bloody smears on pavements, media images showed.

With daily protests and strikes paralysing a country where the Army had promised to bring order, soldiers and police intensified their crackdown at the weekend.

Guterres expressed deep concern by the increased death toll and serious injuries, calling the use of lethal force against peaceful protestors and arbitrary arrests unacceptable.

Guterres urged the worldwide community "to come together and send a clear signal to the military that it must respect the will of the people of Myanmar as expressed through the election and stop the repression". On sanctions, Andrews urged countries that have already established some to "immediately consider more".

That would be the highest single-day death toll among protesters who are demanding that the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi be restored to power after being ousted by a February 1 coup.

The European Union condemned the military violence against protesters Sunday, calling the shooting of unarmed citizens a "blatant disregard for global law".

In an interview Sunday night with the AP, the envoy, Sasa, who uses one name, said he would discuss with United Nations human rights expert Andrews pursuing legal actions against the generals through worldwide courts. Within minutes, police began attacking the crowd with stun grenades, and then began firing shots.

"The excessive use of force and other violations committed by the military junta are being recorded and they will be held accountable", it said on Twitter.

As Suu Kyi appeared in the video conference court hearing, police in the main city of Yangon used stun grenades and tear gas to disperse protesters, witnesses said, a day after the worst violence since the coup.

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