Myanmar coup: Calls for Suu Kyi release as lawmakers held

Calls for Suu Kyi release as lawmakers held
Ms Suu Kyi is thought to be under house arrest. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: Calls are growing for the release of Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi a day after Myanmar military’s coup which has seen hundreds of MPs held against their will.

Ms Suu Kyi has not been seen since she was detained by the military.

The military took power after declaring a state of emergency, accusing Ms Suu Kyi’s party the National League for Democracy (NLD) of fraud over its election win.

No protests have been reported in the country, there have been acts of defiance, including a strike by medical staff.

Ms Suu Kyi’s party demanded her immediate release on Tuesday. It has also called upon the military to accept the election results, which saw the NLD win more than 80% of the votes.

Myanmar was ruled by the armed forces until 2011, when democratic reforms led by Ms Suu Kyi ended military rule.

One day after the coup, Myanmar appears to be in an uneasy calm. The streets remained quiet on Monday night and Tuesday morning, with army patrolling all major cities and a night-time curfew in force.

The communications systems which had been disrupted on Monday had returned by Tuesday morning, with internet and phone connections running again.

People of Yangon, the main city of the country, said they felt their hard-fought battle for democracy had been lost.

In a sign of civil disobedience, doctors working in government hospitals are reported that they will stop work from Wednesday to push for Ms Suu Kyi’s release.

Some doctors and nurses are resorting to wearing symbols in silent protest and at least one doctor has quit in protest.

“Such coups cannot be tolerated at all. I resigned because I couldn’t work under a military dictator who did not care about the country and the people. This is the best response I can give to them,” Dr Naing Htoo Aung, a 47-year-old anaesthesiologist at Mongywa Hospital in Sagaing Region, told BBC Burmese.

Growing international calls for Suu Kyi’s release continue coming.

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