Aung San Suu Kyi detained as military seizes control
February 2, 2021 7:16 am
Myanmar’s military has seized power after detaining Aung San Suu Kyi and other democratically elected leaders.
Troops are patrolling the streets and a night-time curfew is in force, with a one-year state of emergency declared.
US President Joe Biden raised the threat of new sanctions, with the UN and UK also condemning the coup.
The army alleges the recent landslide election win by Ms Suu Kyi’s party was marred by fraud. She urged supporters to “protest against the coup”.
In a letter written in preparation for her impending detention, she said the military’s actions would put the country back under a dictatorship.
The military has already announced replacements for a number of ministers.