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Rabu, 31 Maret 2021

Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi looks healthy, says lawyer, amid 'horrifying violence' in wake of coup - ABC News

Myanmar's deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi appeared to be in good health, her lawyer said following a video meeting.

The detained Nobel laureate, who has been in custody since the Myanmar military seized power, wanted to meet lawyers in person. 

Instead, the meeting was a wide discussion by video in the presence of police that she did not agree to, said lawyer Min Min Soe.

The only discussions that took place were about the legal cases against her following the coup were discussed uring the video conference, the lawyer said.

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Aung San Suu Kyi has been in detention since February 1 after the country's army seized power.(

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Ms Suu Kyi, 75, was arrested the same day the military seized power and faced charges that included illegally importing six handheld radios and breaching coronavirus protocols.

The military has also recently accused her of bribery.

Her lawyers said the charges were trumped up and dismissed the accusation of bribery as a joke.

The next hearing in her case is on Thursday.

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The military seized power saying that November elections won by Ms Suu Kyi's party were fraudulent. The election commission said the vote was fair.

Myanmar has been in turmoil since the reimposed military rule after a decade of tentative steps towards democracy.

'Increasingly disturbing and even horrifying violence'

At least 521 civilians have been killed in protests, 141 of them on Saturday, the bloodiest day of the unrest, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP).

Fighting has also flared between the army and ethnic minority insurgents in frontier regions. Refugees fleeing the turmoil are seeking refuge in neighbouring countries.

The AAPP said a further eight people were killed on Tuesday, when thousands came out to march in several towns, according to media and photos on social media.

There were also new candle-lit protests overnight in several towns in defiance of a curfew and reportedly at least one dawn march on Wednesday.

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There is growing concern in many countries about prospects for the country with no sign of a path out of the crisis. The junta has not taken up offers from its South-East Asian neighbours to help find a solution.

The United States on Tuesday ordered the departure of non-emergency US government employees and their family members due to concerns over civil unrest.

Police and a spokesman for the Myanmar junta did not answer calls seeking comment.

Western countries have condemned the coup and the violence and called for Mrs Suu Kyi's release. Some have imposed limited sanctions.

But those pressing for change have limited leverage in a country that was largely isolated for decades under strict military rule, and which retains the support of countries like Russia and China.

In Washington, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said foreign countries and companies with significant investments in enterprises that support Myanmar's military should reconsider those stakes.

He said the recent violence was "reprehensible" and followed a pattern of "increasingly disturbing and even horrifying violence" against demonstrators opposing military rule.

Reuters

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