Burmese Junta leader says Suu Kyi will appear soon

Burmese military junta leader Min Aung Hlaing said in his first interview since defeating her in a coup on February 1, testified leader Aung San Suu Kyi was healthy at home in a few days. He said he would appear in court.

The coup has confused Southeast Asian countries. Ethnic armed groups opposed to the ruling military junta attacked a military base in a jade mining town in the northwest, and other violent incidents were reported from other parts of Burma (also known as Myanmar).

Suu Kyi, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for her long struggle with former military rulers, has been detained among more than 4,000 people since the coup. She faces a variety of crimes, from illegal possession of a two-way radio to violating state secret law.

“Aung San Suu Kyi is healthy. She is at home and healthy. She will be brought to court in court within a few days,” Min Aung Hlaing said in an excerpt released Saturday, Hong Kong on May 20. Said in a video link with Phoenix Television, a Chinese broadcaster based in Hong Kong.

Aung San Suu Kyi, Min Aung Hlaing
On May 6, 2016, Burmese Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi (L) will walk with Burmese Commander-in-Chief General Min Aung Hlaing in Naypyidaw, Burma. (AungShine Oo / AP Photo)

The interviewer asked him what he thought of the performance of Suu Kyi (75), who is widely acclaimed in 53 million countries for the campaign that brought about the interim democratic reforms shortened by the coup.

“She tried as much as she could,” replied Min Aung Hlaing.

He reiterated that the military seized power to identify fraud in the elections won by the Suu Kyi party in November, but the accusation was rejected by the then-election commission.

He said the military would hold elections and identify potential changes to the Constitution, which would take place if they were “the will of the people.”

Suu Kyi’s next appearance is scheduled for Monday in the capital Naypyidaw. So far, she has only appeared on video links and is not yet allowed to speak directly with lawyers.

Military junta cites security reasons that she does not allow her to speak personally with lawyers when military authorities have not established control of the country in the face of daily protests, strikes and new rebellions. I am.

Attack on Jade Town

According to online publications by Irawaji and Mijima, the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) attacked a military garrison at Kamty Township in the Sagaing region early Saturday. The photo shows a row of dark smoke rising from the scene.

Attack on Jade Town
People see a thick pillar of black smoke from Hkamti in Sagaing, Burma on May 22, 2021. (News announcer via Reuters)

KIA spokesman NawBu told Reuters that he knew about the attack but couldn’t reveal the details. Reuters was unable to seek comment from a military junta spokesman.

State-MRTV TV reported the attack, saying three police were injured and others were missing. Independent broadcaster DVB said nine people were captured by armed groups.

Since the coup, the conflict between the military and KIA has resumed. For nearly 60 years, the KIA has fought for greater Kachin autonomy and has expressed support for anti-military Junta protesters.

According to Mijima, the military used jets to attack KIA in Hkamti, a remote town on the Chindwin River, about 50 km (30 miles) from the Indian border, in a remote area rich in jade and gold. ..

The army has launched numerous bombing attacks on KIA’s position in recent weeks, and has also clashed with national forces east and west of Burma.

Security forces have killed at least 815 people since the coup, according to a group of activists from the Political Prisoners Support Association.

Min Aung Hlaing said the actual number was about 300 and 47 police were killed.

State-owned MRTV said a police officer had been killed in a rebel attack in eastern Kayah State on Friday.

Burma Campaign
On May 21, 2021, people evacuated in battle will eat together in Burma, northwestern Chin State, Burma. (Stringer / Reuters)

In western Chin State, opposition to military junta said they had killed at least four members of security forces on Friday and buried them on the roadside. The claim could not be verified independently.

Burmese media reported that soldiers were killed in a shooting in the commercial center of Yangon on Saturday. The bomb explosion was reported in a trade zone near the border between Pathein and China in the Irrawaddy Delta region.

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