A month after the military coup triggered endless large-scale protests, on Monday, Burma Burma civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi was charged with two new criminal charges in a videotape.
Since being detained on February 1, Suu Kyi has not appeared in public. The demonstrators again appeared in court because the demonstrators ignored the deadly escalation of the military government and took to the streets across the country.
According to the United Nations citing reliable information, at least 18 people were killed on Sunday because the army and police fired live ammunition on protesters in various cities in Myanmar.
Late Monday, the national radio and television station MRTV stated that there were more than 1,300 arrests and 11 deaths on Sunday, and announced that it had instructed security forces not to conduct site inspections of protesters.
Suu Kyi, 75, was already facing obscure criminal charges for possessing unlicensed walkie-talkies, as well as violating coronavirus restrictions by staging a campaign event during last year’s election.
She is now also accused of breaching communications laws as well as intent to incite public unrest, her lawyer Khin Maung Zaw said.
“We cannot say for sure how many more cases Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will face in this period,” he told reporters in Naypyidaw.
“Anything can happen in this country at this time.”
Suu Kyi has reportedly been kept under house arrest in the capital of Naypyidaw, an isolated city purpose-built under Myanmar’s previous junta.
The military has justified its takeover, which ended a decade-long democratic experiment, with unfounded allegations of widespread fraud in last November’s national elections, which Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy won in a landslide.
Deposed lawmakers from her party on Monday branded the junta a “terrorist group”.
“Due to the atrocities and acts of terrorism of the military the streets and communities across Myanmar have become battlefields,” a committee of lawmakers said.