/ 18 February 2021

Myanmar on the brink

Myanmar’s deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi was yesterday handed a new charge by authorities as thousands of her supporters gathered to demand her release. Appearing in court via video yesterday, Suu Kyi is facing an extra charge of violating the country’s Natural Disaster Management Law for COVID breaches (which has experts scratching their heads…) on top of the existing charges of possessing illegal walkie talkies. Military leader Zaw Min Tun held the regime’s first post-coup press conference earlier this week and committed to a fresh election, but offered no timeframe. With the political heat rising, United Nations official Tom Andrews said he fears violence will be inflicted on protesters, with reports of troops being sent to Myanmar’s biggest city, Yangon. “In the past, such troop movements preceded killings, disappearances, and detentions on a mass scale,” he said. #SquizShortcut

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