Myanmar coup: Military increases control amid calls for the release of Suu Kyi

Ms Suu Kyi [Photo: BBC News]

Feb, 2nd 2021 – Calls are growing for the release of Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi, a day after a military coup, that has seen hundreds of MPs held against their will.

Ms Suu Kyi, who was widely considered the country’s leader, has not been seen since she was detained by the military.

The miltray took power after declaring a state of emergency, accusing Ms Suu Kyi’s party, the National League for Democracy (NLD) of fraud over its election win.

(NLD demanded her immediate release today, calling upon the military to accept the results of the November election, which saw the NLD win more than 80% of the votes.

On a different note, US President Joe Biden says the military should not overrule the will of the people and has as a result threatened to reinstate sanctions on Myanmar.

The US had removed sanctions over the past decade as Myanmar progressed to democracy.

Mr Biden said this would be urgently reviewed, adding that the United States will always stand up for democracy.

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