Myanmar military arrests Aung San Suu Kyi, seizes power in a coup

Myanmar military arrests Aung San Suu Kyi, seizes power in a coup

"I urge the worldwide community to stand in solidarity with the people of Myanmar at this time, and for all states with influence to take steps to prevent the crumbling of the fragile democratic and human rights gains made by Myanmar during its transition from military rule", Bachelet said.

The United States "will take action against those responsible if these steps are not reversed", White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement.

A video address broadcast on military-owned television said power had been handed to the commander-in-chief of the armed forces, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.

The military maintains its actions are legally justified, and the announcement cited an article in the constitution that allows the military to take over in times of emergency, though Suu Kyi's party's spokesman and many outsiders have said it's effectively a coup.

Residents flocked to ATMs and food vendors, while some shops and homes removed the symbols of Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi's party, the National League for Democracy, that typically adorn the streets and walls of the city.

Suu Kyi and President Win Myint were detained in Naypyidaw before dawn, a spokesperson of the National League for Democracy told AFP agency. And Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain said in a Twitter post that the "vote of the people must be respected and civilian leaders released".

European Council President Charles Michel strongly condemned the coup.

Aung San Suu Kyi was once heralded as an worldwide champion of human rights for enduring almost 15 years of house arrest during her campaign against the junta, but when in government she became one of the military's most vocal defenders, rebutting accusations of genocide against the Rohingya.

A Kirin spokesman said it was monitoring the situation, and still planned to take until the end of April to make a decision about its activities in Myanmar.

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A handout photo made available by the International Court of Justice shows Aung San Suu Kyi appearing before the ICJ in 2019.

- August 25, 2017: Insurgents attack military outposts in the western state of Rakhine, killing dozens. He was placed under USA sanctions in 2019 after United Nations investigators said that Myanmar's military operation against the Rohingya had "genocidal intent".

The difference in reaction between Beijing and Washington came amid speculation Monday that China may be frustrated by the coup in Myanmar.

India's government expressed "deep concern" and reiterated its support for the "process of democratic transition in Myanmar", while Japan's foreign ministry urged the coup leaders in Myanmar to "restore democracy as soon as possible". In 2015, the NLD won 390 seats, forming the country's first civilian government in more than 50 years and installing Suu Kyi, a democracy icon who spent more than 15 years under house detention, in the de facto leadership role of state councillor.

France's government spokesperson had earlier called on the military to respect the result of a November election.

Bob Rae, Canada's ambassador to the United Nations, tweeted that Myanmar's military "wrote the Constitution this way so they could do this".

The military retained significant power under a constitution that also barred Suu Kyi from the presidency, but the position of state counsellor was created for her to lead the government.

"Whether or not the Myanmar military's actions are consistent with the '08 Constitution, [Human Rights Watch] and [Human Rights Watch Burma] believes they are violating fundamental human rights by arbitrarily arresting political leaders and activists", she said.

Police in Thailand's capital clashed with a group of demonstrators who came out to stage a protest against the coup in Myanmar.

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