World Myanmar protesters wear flowers to mark Suu Kyi's birthday
Myanmar junta hits Suu Kyi with graft charges
The Myanmar junta has hit deposed civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi with corruption charges over claims she accepted illegal payments of gold and more than half a million dollars in cash, state media reported Thursday. The latest charges relate to allegations by the former Yangon region chief minister that Suu Kyi illegally accepted $600,000 in cash from him along with around 11 kilograms of gold. The Anti-Corruption Commission found evidence that Suu Kyi had committed "corruption using her rank", according to the Global New Light of Myanmar, a state-run newspaper."So she was charged under Anti-Corruption Law section 55.
Anti-coup protesters in Myanmar donned flowers in their hair Saturday to mark the birthday of ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who remains under house arrest and is due to face court again next week.
Suu Kyi's elected government was overthrown in a February 1 coup that sparked mass protests and renewed clashes between the military and ethnic rebel armies in border regions.
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Myanmar's former leader is accused of accepting bribes and faces up to 15 years in jail.Ms Suu Kyi is accused of accepting cash and gold in bribes, and faces up to 15 years in jail if found guilty.
Flowers tucked into a bun have long been a signature look of Suu Kyi, who turns 76 on Saturday.
Many replicated the floral hairstyle and uploaded pictures onto social media across Myanmar on Saturday.
Among them was Myanmar Miss Universe beauty queen Thuzar Wint Lwin, who wore red flowers in her hair and wrote: "May our leader be healthy."
In Yangon's north, protesters put up posters on power lines wishing Suu Kyi a happy birthday and expressing solidarity.
"Happy Birthday Mother Suu. We are right behind you," the signs read.
Some marched with black umbrellas and banners that read "freedom from fear" alongside pictures of Suu Kyi.
In the border region of Karen state, some rebel soldiers were photographed holding their guns and yellow, white and purple posies and single flowers tucked behind their ears.
Junta trial of Myanmar's Suu Kyi to hear first testimony
The trial of ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi will hear its first testimony in a junta court Monday, more than four months after a military coup. Near daily protests have rocked Myanmar since the generals' putsch removed her government in February, ending a 10-year experiment with democracy. The mass uprising has been met with a brutal military crackdown that has killed more than 850 people, according to a local monitoring group. The juntaNear daily protests have rocked Myanmar since the generals' putsch removed her government in February, ending a 10-year experiment with democracy.
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Demonstrators in the south-eastern city of Dawei made a giant pink birthday cake and brought it to their street protest.
The Noble Peace Prize Laureate's international reputation was damaged after she defended Myanmar's military over allegations of genocide against the ethnic minority Rohingya population in troubled Rakhine state in 2017.
- Back in court -
Not all Myanmar flower protest participants were full of praise for Suu Kyi.
"I am involved in this campaign because now she is unfairly detained by the military and her civilian rights... and freedom is denied," a 35-year-old activist told AFP, adding it wasn't personal support.
"After she is free from her detention, she will have to take full responsibility over her silence concerning the suffering of Rohingya and other ethnic groups."
Burma: Opening of a first trial of Aung san suu kyi
Burmese-Politics: Burma: opening of a first trial of Aung san suu kyi © Reuters / Yves Herman Burma: opening of a first trial Of Aung San Suu Kyi (Reuters) - A first trial of Aung Suu Kyi, arrested at the military putsch from February 1st in Burma, had to open this Monday, while the protest against the junta does not fail Not and that a UN representative denounced dummy charges aimed at democratically elected leader.
The civilian death toll since the coup is estimated to be at least 870 people and close to 5,000 protesters are in detention after being arrested, according to a local monitoring group.
The UN General Assembly on Friday took the rare step of calling on member states to "prevent the flow of arms" into Myanmar, part of a non-binding resolution condemning the military coup in the violence-wracked country.
The resolution -- which did not go so far as to call for a global arms embargo -- also demands that the military "immediately stop all violence against peaceful demonstrators".
It was approved by 119 countries, with 36 abstaining including China, Myanmar's main ally. Only one country, Belarus, voted against it.
Suu Kyi is due back in court next week and has been hit with an eclectic raft of criminal charges, including accepting illegal payments of gold and violating a colonial-era secrecy law.
She went on trial for sedition on Tuesday, but journalists were barred from observing proceedings.
The UN has condemned Myanmar’s military coup. Will that matter? .
“We cannot live in a world where military coups become a norm,” the UN Secretary-General said.The condemnation comes as UN officials express concern that the nation is on the brink of civil war and as humanitarian conditions worsen for civilians. While significant, though, the vote itself revealed complicated geopolitics that may stymie a more forceful international response to the situation.