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Aung San Suu Kyi arrested in Myanmar; US is alarmed, Jen Psaki says

Aung San Suu Kyi (အောင်ဆန်းစုကြည်), 75, was detained by Myanmar’s military on the morning of February 1, 2021. This was three months after the 2020 general election in the country.

Suu Kyi received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. She assumed office as the state counsellor of Myanmar on April 6, 2016.

On November 8, 2020, Burmese voters elected members to both the upper house and the lower house of the Assembly of the Union and State and Regional Hluttaws, excluding seats appointed by or reserved for the military. While Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party did well, the military-backed party was not as successful.

Aside from Suu Kyi, other NLD leaders including Myanmar president Win Myint, 69, were also detained by the Burmese military. The power was handed to military chief Min Aung Hlaing, 64, and a state of emergency was imposed for one year.

“I want to tell our people not to respond rashly and I want them to act according to the law,” NLD spokesman Myo Nyunt told Reuters. He said he expected to be arrested himself and was subsequently could not be contacted by the publication.

Myanmar is a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). It is home to mixed martial arts superstar Aung La N Sang, 35, who is the reigning light heavyweight champion of ONE Championship.

 

Inaugurated on January 20, 2021, 46th United States president Joe Biden, 78, had been briefed on Suu Kyi’s arrest. White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki, 42, said, “The United States opposes any attempt to alter the outcome of recent elections or impede Myanmar’s democratic transition and will take action against those responsible if these steps are not reversed.”

The U.S. itself experienced insurrection two weeks before Biden’s inauguration. On January 6, 2021, a mob of supporters of 45th U.S. president Donald Trump, 78, breached the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., USA. The riot resulted in the deaths of one U.S. Capitol Police officer named Brian D. Sicknick and four rioters namely Ashli Elizabeth Babbitt, 30, of San Diego, California, Benjamin Philips, 50, of Ringtown, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, Kevin Douglas Greeson, 55, of Athens, Alabama and Rosanne Marie Boyland, 34, of Kennesaw, Georgia.

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