Highlights:

  • Aung San Suu Kyi has been accused of a violation of communications laws as well as intent to incite public unrest.
  • Myanmar President, Win Myint faced the same intent to incite public unrest charges in addition to coronavirus restriction breaches.
  • Several journalists have been detained for documenting Saturday’s assaults by security forces.

On Monday, the Myanmar civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been accused of two new criminal charges. This comes a month after a military coup triggered relentless and massive protests. Back on Sunday, nearly 18 people have died after the police fired live bullets at demonstrators in cities across Myanmar.

Previously, Suu Kyi had already been accused of possessing unlicensed walkie-talkies, as well as violating coronavirus restrictions by staging a campaign event during last year’s election. Adding to the list, presently she has been accused of a violation of communications laws as well as intent to incite public unrest. Since February 1 after being detained, Suu Kyi has not been seen. Her appearance came as demonstrators took to the streets again across the country in defiance of an escalation of deadly force from the junta.

As per sources, Suu Kyi has been kept under house arrest in Naypyidaw, an isolated city. On the other hand, Myanmar President Win Myint also faced the same intent to incite public unrest charges in addition to coronavirus restriction breaches. 

However, the generals have hit Suu Kyi with two charges which the international community widely regards as frivolous. The proceedings of Monday’s court were preliminary matters in the case, including with Khin Maung Zaw seeking to formally represent her.

Since the last few months, thousands of protestors have been protesting on the streets. However, this weekend’s violence saw the biggest escalation. The military has been trying to control the protest by using tear gas and water cannons. Reportedly, a person was shot while crouching behind rubbish bins and other makeshift shields and had to be dragged away by others.

On Monday, protests had emerged in several cities across the country. The demonstrators in Yangon used bamboo poles, sofas, and tree branches to erect barricades across streets. 

More than 1,100 people have been arrested, charged, or sentenced since the coup, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners. Several journalists have also been detained for documenting Saturday’s assaults by security forces. Meanwhile, the United Nations has strongly condemned the escalating violence against protests in Myanmar. “We call on the military to immediately halt the use of force against peaceful protesters,” added the UN. 

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