YANGON / BANGKOK – On February 1, Myanmar’s military arrested State Councilor Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint in the country’s first coup since 1988, ending a decade of civil rule.
The National League for Democracy, led by Suu Kyi, won a landslide in the general election in November. But the military has claimed the election was marred by fraud.
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Follow the latest developments here (Yangon time):
Wednesday March 31st
4:50 pm Yangon people were beating pots and pans to defy the ruling junta on Wednesday when a heavily armed convoy escorted a CNN news crew in Yangon. “The phone doesn’t pick up the sound well, but people hit pots and pans as our heavily armed convoy drove by,” CNN’s chief international correspondent Clarissa Ward wrote on a social media post.
A Twitter user identified as San San wrote that she believed Ward would receive false evidence from the junta to create the impression that the situation was under control. “We hit pots and pans at the same time at 1 p.m. to show her peacefully that we are all against the military coup and that we are actually not doing well!” she tweeted.
1:28 p.m. Aung San Suu Kyi’s defense team leader Khin Maung Zaw says that Min Min Soe, a lawyer, met the detained leader practically at 11 a.m. A message shared with Nikkei Asia from Khin Maung Zaw said that Suu Kyi’s “physical situation seemed … fine,” citing Min Min Soe. During the meeting, Suu Kyi “officially appointed six lawyers to defend her in cases against her,” the message said.
It was the first time Suu Kyi had met one of her defense teams since she was arrested in the coup on February 1.
Khin Maung Zaw also tells Nikkei that the virtual meeting between Suu Kyi and the lawyer lasted about 30 minutes and that Suu Kyi appears to be locked in her own apartment. “Against the backdrop of the video conference on the screen, it seems like their own residence [in Naypyidaw]”Adds the leader of the defense team.
2:50 am Global companies should consider cutting their capital links with the vast business interests of the Myanmar military, urges US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
“Some countries and some companies in different parts of the world have made significant investments in companies that support the Burmese military,” Blinken told a press conference. “You should look at these investments and reconsider them to deny the military the financial support it needs to feed against the will of the people.”
1:20 am Dmitry Polyanskiy, Russia’s first deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, said in a tweet that the military in Myanmar must issue an ultimatum, even if it is in line with the intentions of the international community.
Russia, which dispatched Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin to Myanmar over the weekend to celebrate Armed Forces Day, has claimed to the United Nations that the Southeast Asian nation’s crisis is an internal matter that needs to be resolved by the Myanmar people.
Tuesday March 30th
11:00 p.m. The Karen National Union, one of the largest armed ethnic groups in Myanmar, along with other such armies, declare that they will defend themselves against government forces. .
“There is no legitimate reason to kill, injure and terrorize innocent people, including women, elders and children, in the middle of the night,” the statement said.
The KNU urges the international community to “cut all ties” [Myanmar’s armed forces]including military and economic relations. “
2:10 p.m. The committee representing the Parliament of the Union (CRPH) issued a statement welcoming an announcement by three armed ethnic insurgent groups denouncing ongoing military violence and pledging to protect the population. “CRPH has urged them to work together for the success of the revolution and the creation of a federal democratic union,” the CRPH statement reads.
11:30 a.m. Ethnic armed groups from the Northern Alliance – Arakan Army, Ta’ang National Liberation Army and Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army – issued a joint statement saying they “strongly condemn the actions of the Myanmar military against unarmed civilians”. The three groups called on the “Myanmar military to stop killing and injuring [the rights of] unarmed civilians and to find a political solution. “They also announced that they will defend the people if the military continues its brutality against civilians.
10:30 am The committee, which represents the Parliament of the Union (CRPH) and is composed mostly of former National League for Democracy lawmakers elected last November, calls on people to donate money through crowdfunding to support the resistance. The organization has raised $ 9.2 million to date, according to a crowdfunding website.
9:00 in the morning Activists are calling for a “day of courage strike” and calling on people to throw rubbish on the streets to express their opposition to the coup.
For information on previous developments, see the last edition of the latest updates.