Activists, lawmakers and officials: 147 people detained in Myanmar since coup

WION Web Team
NEW DELHI Published: Feb 04, 2021, 08:24 PM(IST)

Myanmar coup Photograph:( Agencies )

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Myanmar again went back to military rule on Monday after soldiers detained de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other political leaders in several raids. 

At least 147 people have been detained in Myanmar since this week's coup, including activists, lawmakers and officials from the ousted government of Aung San Suu Kyi, the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) said on Thursday.

The AAPP, which has tracked political detainees in Myanmar since the era of the previous junta, said 133 officials or lawmakers and 14 civil society activists were being held. 

Myanmar again went back to military rule on Monday after soldiers detained de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other political leaders in several raids. 

The event ended Myanmar's brief experiment with democracy and took place days after Suu Kyi won the re-election with a strong mandate. 

Meanwhile, a Myanmar court has charged ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi with breaching an import and export law.

The document from a police station in the capital Naypyitaw said military officers who searched Suu Kyi's residence had found hand-held radios that were imported illegally and used without permission.

President Win Myint, who was also detained by the military in Monday's coup, has also been charged under the National Disaster Management law.

The Group of Seven largest developed economies condemned the coup on Wednesday and said the election result must be respected.

Myanmar's military rulers have blocked access to social media platforms.

(With inputs from agencies)

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