Military takes power in Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi detained
US Demands Release of Aung San Suu Kyi and Others Arrested in Burma
Secretary of State Blinken expresses concern over the actions of the Burmese military
The United States expresses grave concern and dismay over reports that the Burmese military has detained several civilian government leaders, including State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, and several civil society leaders, the State Department said..
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken stressed: “We call on Burmese military leaders to release all government officials and civil society leaders and to respect the will of the people of Burma as expressed in the November 8 democratic elections. The United States supports the people of Burma in their pursuit of democracy, freedom, peace and development. The military must immediately reverse these actions. “.
The military leadership of Burma (Myanmar) on Monday seized control of the country under a state of emergency declared for one year. The military linked the move to allegations of fraud during the November elections and promised to hold new elections in a year and then hand over power to their winner..
A few hours earlier, the de facto leader of the country, Aung San Suu Kyi, and a number of representatives of the ruling National League for Democracy party were detained.
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