Myanmar army tightens grip as senior officials arrested

Komal FatimaWeb Editor

05th Feb, 2021. 01:12 pm
Myanmar army

Myanmar army has tightened its crackdown as a senior leader from  Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party has been arrested. 

Senior leader Win Htein told the international news agency that he was arrested under sedition laws. He was taken from his Yangon home on Friday. He said that he was being taken to the capital of Nay Pyi Taw by members of the police and the military.

He said he was being detained under sedition laws – which carry a maximum punishment of life imprisonment – although he was not told the exact charge.

“They don’t like what I’ve been talking about. They are afraid of what I’m saying,” he said.

Earlier this week, Htein told a local news source that the Tatmadaw, or Myanmar’s armed forces, would “go into disrepute because of the coup”.

“Staging a coup at the moment shows they are not wise and narrow-minded,” he said. “I experienced the coup of General Ne Win in 1962… Myanmar’s economy suffered for 26 years after his coup.”

Ms. Suu Kyi and other senior officials were detained since the army launched its coup on Monday. The Army overthrew Ms. Suu Kyi’s government as it claimed that November’s election won was fraudulent.

Around 70 MPs are organizing an insurgent parliament to replicate the session. A civil disobedience movement is also going to be started.

Residents in some areas such as Yangon have conducted nightly protests. They were seen banging pots and pans and singing. Teachers, healthcare workers, and civil servants have held protests or gone on strike.

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