Myanmar’s Suu Kyi celebrates birthday with cake in court

BANGKOK (AP) – Although detained on multiple charges by Myanmar’s military government, a legal official said ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi was able to hold a small birthday celebration when she appeared in court on Monday.

Suu Kyi, whose elected government was overthrown by the military in February last year, turned 77 on Sunday.

He is among more than 11,124 people currently detained for opposing military rule, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, which puts a wide number of civilians jailed or killed by government forces.

The military’s seizure of power met with widespread resistance, and some UN experts now describe Myanmar as being in civil war.

Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party won a landslide election victory in 2020, and is widely regarded by the people of Myanmar as the country’s legitimate leader. He is praised for leading a long, non-violent struggle to restore democracy in Myanmar, for which he received the Nobel Peace Prize. But once foreign sympathizers blamed him for doing little or nothing to stop the atrocities perpetrated by security forces against the Muslim Rohingya minority in 2017.

Suu Kyi is now being tried on a range of charges, including corruption, which her supporters say are politically motivated to defame her and legitimize the military’s seizure of power. He has already been sentenced to 11 years in prison after pleading guilty to illegally importing and possessing a walkie-talkie, violating coronavirus restrictions, treason and preliminary corruption.

A legal official familiar with the court’s proceedings said Suu Kyi cut the cake to celebrate her birthday when she met with her lawyers ahead of Monday’s court hearing on corruption charges, then sliced ​​her lawyers, police and court staff into pieces. lamps. The officer said the cake was sent on his birthday by his lawyers through the police to the secret place where it is being kept.

All Suu Kyi’s trial is closed to the media and the public and her lawyers have been barred from providing details of the proceedings.

It was an occasion to celebrate Suu Kyi’s 77th birthday and to demand the release of all political prisoners.

On Sunday, scattered pro-democracy street protests, mostly youth, took place in cities including Yangon and Mandalay.

Images and videos on social media showed protesters carrying her picture and banners that read “Freedom from Fear” – the name of a collection of her writings – and “Stay in good health, daughter of Aung San, Referring to his father, who led the struggle to free the country from British colonialism in the 1940s.

Anti-government guerrillas in border areas that are not under military control also celebrated his birthday.

His supporters, including Buddhist monks, posted photos of themselves online, showing them displaying a three-fingered salute, a symbol of resistance.

Opposition leaders earlier issued a statement urging people to celebrate the birthday on Sunday by visiting pagodas, churches and mosques to pray for the release of political prisoners.

Amidst tight security and heavy rain, some young people in Yangon went to the famous Shwedagon Pagoda for the release of Suu Kyi and other prisoners.

“I prayed for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and other detained prisoners. I washed the Buddha statue with 77 cups of water to mark Mother Sue’s birthday,” Pon Pon, a resident of Yangon, told the Associated Press.

Leave a Comment

%d bloggers like this: