The deposed leader of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi, once again asked in a short digital court to speak to her lawyers in person. Since the military coup on February 1, she has been imprisoned. The new rulers accuse her of violating a duty of secrecy and violating corona measures. The next plenary session will be held on 26 April.
At the end of March, Suu Kyi was given the opportunity to speak with a lawyer for the first time since her arrest. In a police station surrounded by police officers, the lawyer was allowed to speak to her client by video connection. The conversation was only supposed to be about the trial. Suu Kyi had also said that she wanted to see her lawyers in person and without security. The army did not grant that request.
Since the army deposed Aung San Suu Kyi, at least 700 people have been killed in demonstrations. Nearly 3,000 people have been arrested. Last weekend, the protests also turned out to violence.
The reports on the number of victims vary widely: from at least ten to at least 82, as a local action group and news organization write. On state television, the execution of nineteen people was announced.
On 1 February, the military who had had an iron grip on the country for about fifty years since 1962 and opted for a division of power ten years ago, regained full power from the democratically elected Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi.
She won the elections with an overwhelming majority in 2015 and won an even greater victory in November last year, to the annoyance of the military. They say theres been fraud. Since their coup détat on 1 February, protests have been knocked down bloody.
The spokesman for the military regime defends the harsh action of the army. The protests are now on their return, says the junta. The military summit claims that democratic elections can be held again in two years time.
A number of countries, including the Netherlands, have called for an end to violence against citizens in a joint declaration. The international community fears that the spiral of violence may lead to civil war.