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Coup in Myanmar: Army tightens control amid Suu Kyi’s release calls | Global development

Myanmar’s military appeared to be in firm control of the country on Tuesday morning, the day after it launched a coup and detained Aung San Suu Kyi, whose whereabouts remain unclear.

The actions of the military drew widespread international condemnation, and US President Joe Biden threatened sanctions and called on governments to pressure the military to release the detainees. The UN security council will meet to discuss the matter on Tuesday.

The military has claimed its actions are in line with Myanmar’s constitution, but has offered little response to the barrage of foreign criticism. On the streets of Yangon on Tuesday, life seemed, on the surface, to continue normally, and there did not appear to be a greater security presence.

However, the phone lines remained patchy and Aung San Suu Kyi’s location was unclear. A Facebook post that could not be verified said she was being held at her official residence. A statement posted on the Facebook page of official May Win Myint said the NLD executive committee called for his release as soon as possible.

His party also asked the military to recognize the results of the November elections and to hold the parliament session that will begin this week.

Hundreds of members of Myanmar’s parliament remain confined inside their government housing in the capital, according to Associated Press reports. One of the lawmakers, who was not identified, told the news agency that he and 400 other members of parliament were able to talk to each other inside the complex and communicate with their constituencies by phone, but were not allowed to leave the housing complex. in Naypyitaw. Police were inside the compound and soldiers were outside, he added.

UN Secretary General António Guterres said the coup, which came a decade after Myanmar began its transition away from direct military rule, represented “a severe blow to democratic reforms” in the country, while a spokesman warned that the coup would worsen the situation. than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims still in the country.

More than 700,000 Rohingya were forced to flee Myanmar’s Rakhine state for Bangladesh after a military offensive. They remain stranded in squalid and overcrowded refugee camps.

“There are around 600,000 Rohingya who remain in Rakhine State, including 120,000 people who are confined in camps, cannot move freely and have extremely limited access to basic health and education services,” said UN spokesman Stephane. Dujarric.

“So our fear is that events could make the situation worse for them,” he said.
The 15-member UN security council plans to discuss Myanmar in a closed-door meeting on Tuesday, diplomats said.

The international community, including the UN security council, has been criticized for its response to the atrocities committed against the Rohingya. Within the security council, China and Russia, both with veto power, have shielded Myanmar from significant pressure.

The Chinese UN mission told Reuters on Monday that it expected to learn more about the latest developments in Myanmar at the security council briefing on Tuesday. “We are also hopeful that any move by the council is conducive to Myanmar’s stability rather than complicating the situation,” said a spokesman for the Chinese UN mission.

With Associated Press and Reuters

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