Aung San Suu Kyi, who is the detained Myanmar leader, on Monday made her first public comments after bein held in a coup and voiced her defiance, said that her party would exist as long as the people exists.
Myanmar has been boiling in social unrest since February 1 with daily protest and nationwide civil disobedience movements. A local monitoring group says that a total of 800 people have been killed by the military.
After making her first in-person court appearance, Suu Kyi said to the National League for Democracy that her party would exist as long as the people exist. The opposition party, Junta threatened to dissolve the party, which had swept elections last year and was accused of voter fraud in the elections.
According to her lawyer Min Min Soe, Suu Kyi, who had also been the Nobel laureate and who was not seen in public since the coup sounded perfectly healthy and confident during the 30 minute meeting. She was in good spirits.
The Myanmar leader has been accused of several criminal charges such as flouting coronavirus restrictions in the last year election rallies and for possessing unlicensed walkies talkies.
The capital Naypyidaw witnessed a heavy security presence, especially the road leading to the constructed courthouse, which were surrounded by police trucks.
Suu Kyi had to go through weeks of delays for her legal case and her lawyers had difficulties in gaining access to her.
According to her lawyer, the next date which has been set for her hearing is June 7. The Myanmar leader had also met former Myanmar President Win Myint, who was also detained along with her.
Min Aung Hlaing, who is the leader of the opposition party Junta, while giving interview to a Chinese television channel praised the Myanmar leader’s political achievements and said that she has done everything she could.
Many angry lawmakers, who have formed a group and who were earlier a part of the NLD, have formed a National Unity Government, in order to ruin the Junta.
This group has been declared as “terrorist” by the military.
Min Aung Hliang, has denied the reports of death toll from anti-coup protest and said his party was not ready to accept a consensus initiated by Association of South East Asian Nation (ASEAN) to stop the violence.
The nationwide protest has led to the anti-junta movement to form a “People’s Defense Force” in their own towns and cities, which consists of citizens fighting against the security forces with homemade weapons.
On Sunday, a heavy fight erupted between the Junta forces and Karenni National Progressive Party, which is an ethnic armed group with a majority in the Kayah state, which lies on the eastern Myanmar fringe.
As per a senior KNPP leader, the military used weapons such as tanks, helicopters, and mortars in the clash.
A total of four people took refuge in a church and were killed by the army, as per a spokesperson from a local group and he also coordinated evacuations from the area.