World Myanmar court files more charges against Aung San Suu Kyi, police crack down on protests
Myanmar’s minorities join protest in show of unity against coup
Despite misgivings about Aung San Suu Kyi’s commitment to autonomy, ethnic groups stress the need to save democracy.Protests against the coup that overthrew the elected government of the veteran democracy campaigner have taken place across the diverse country since February 1, even though the military has promised to hold a new election and hand power to the winner.
Myanmar's ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi has appeared in court as supporters marched in several towns and cities in defiance of a crackdown after the bloodiest day since the February 1 military coup.
Police fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse hundreds of protesters in the main city of Yangon on Monday, witnesses said.
They later combed side streets, firing rubber bullets and injuring at least one person, media reported.
In an evening address on state television, army chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing said protest leaders and "instigators" would be punished.
The army was also investigating financial abuse by the civilian government, he said.
Facebook removes main page of Myanmar military for 'incitement of violence'
Facebook has come under heavy criticism for failing to contain online hate campaigns in Myanmar, despite having banned army chief Min Aung Hlaing — now the military ruler — in 2018."In line with our global policies, we've removed the Tatmadaw True News Information Team Page from Facebook for repeated violations of our Community Standards prohibiting incitement of violence and coordinating harm," a Facebook representative said in a statement.
Ms Suu Kyi, 75, looked in good health during her appearance before a video link appearance in court in the capital Naypyidaw, one of her lawyers said.
Two more charges were added to those filed against her immediately after the coup.
"I saw Amay on the video, she looks healthy," lawyer Min Min Soe said, using an affectionate term meaning "mother" to refer to Ms Suu Kyi.
The Nobel Peace laureate, who leads the National League for Democracy (NLD), has not been seen in public since her government was ousted and she was detained along with other party leaders.
She was initially charged with illegally importing six walkie-talkie radios.
Later, she learned she was facing an additional charge of violating a natural disaster law by breaching coronavirus protocols .
Myanmar envoy appeals to UN to stop coup as Aung San Suu Kyi changes locations
Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun tells the UN General Assembly he is speaking on behalf of the government of ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi, which wants to "restore the democracy".Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun told the UN General Assembly he was speaking on behalf of the government of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
On Monday, two more charges were added — one under a section of a colonial-era penal code prohibiting publication of information that may "cause fear or alarm", and the other under a telecommunications law stipulating licences for equipment.
The next hearing will be on March 15.
Critics of the coup say the charges are trumped up.
Eighteen killed in bloodiest day of protests
Myanmar has been in chaos since the military seized power after alleging fraud in a November election won by the NLD in a landslide.
Daily protests have been getting increasingly violent as police and troops try to stamp them out.
In his speech, read out by a newsreader on state-run MRTV, Senior General Hlaing said action would be taken against civil servants refusing to work for the junta.
He said the military was investigating what he called corruption by the civilian government, accusing the authorities of misusing money meant for COVID-19 prevention efforts.
Burma. Two new indictments against Aung San Suu Kyi
© STR, AFP Under house arrest since the coup of February 1, Aung San Suu Kyi, here in file photo, reappeared only on Monday March 1, by videoconference for new charges. Twenty dead this weekend, two new indictments against Aung San Suu Kyi ... A month after the coup, the Burmese soldiers are raising their voice and the population is not giving up. Aung San Suu Kyi, head of the Burmese government, was deposed on February 1 by an army coup, the Tatmadaw, and then placed under house arrest.
"The respective ministries are working to find out such financial abuse," he said, adding action would be taken against organisations where foreign currency funds were found.
He said a committee formed by ousted politicians from the civilian government, which has announced the formation of a government-in-exile, was illegal and anyone associated with it would be punished.
The Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (CRPH) on Monday declared the junta a terrorist group and called the violence against protesters a "declaration of war on unarmed civilians".
On Sunday,, the United Nations human rights office said.
Junta representative to front ASEAN meeting
The military has not commented on Sunday's violence.
The state-run Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper warned that "severe action will be inevitably taken" against "anarchic mobs".
Demonstrators marched on Monday in the north-western town of Kale, holding up pictures of Ms Suu Kyi.
Live video on Facebook showed a crowd chanting slogans in the north-eastern town of Lashio.
Police and soldiers later raided a church in the town and detained 11 people, a church group said.
The coup brought a halt to Myanmar's tentative steps towards democracy after nearly 50 years of military rule.
It has drawn condemnation from Western countries, and is of growing concern among Myanmar's neighbours.
Foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), of which Myanmar is a member, will hold a video meeting on Tuesday to discuss the coup and to listen to a representative of the Myanmar military, Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said.
The generals have for years shrugged off diplomatic pressure, partly because of the support of China and Russia.
The junta has promised a new election but not set a date.
The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners said at least 270 people were detained on Sunday, from a total of 1,132 that have been arrested since the coup.
‘He just disappeared': Aung San Suu Kyi's lawyer to help Australia free academic .
The Nobel prize winner's lawyer has offered to assist Australian officials in their efforts to free economist Sean Turnell, who hasn't been seen since the military coup more than a month ago.Speaking to The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age from the capital Naypyidaw, Khin Maung Zaw said he was yet to see Suu Kyi since she was arrested the morning the military seized power in a coup on February 1.