Aung San Suu Kyi Makes First Court docket Look Since Coup

During the weekend in the country’s border area, armed ethnic groups said they killed dozens of Tatmadaw soldiers in offensives, despite the army’s bombardment claiming the lives of civilians sheltering in a church in eastern Myanmar. In major cities, including Yangon and Mandalay, protesters organized flash mobs of dissent, which quickly dispersed as security forces approached.

“We still have a very bad situation on the ground,” said Christine Schraner Burgener, a Swiss diplomat who is the United Nations’ special envoy for Myanmar, to the journalists on Monday via video link from Bangkok, where she has been trying for almost two months To give Tatmadaw permission to visit the country. She recognized the risk that Myanmar could get into civil war.

Ms. Schraner Burgener also said she still hoped that the Tatmadaw’s commander in chief, Major General Min Aung Hlaing, would allow her a visit, but his message for the time being was that “it is still not the right time – no yes, no no . “

According to a surveillance group, more than 800 people have been killed by security forces since the coup, many shot in the head while protesting peacefully. More than 4,200 were arrested.

Among them is U Thein Hlaing Tun, a lawyer who represents another of Myanmar’s imprisoned elected leaders. He was arrested Monday while trying to meet with his client at the same special court in Naypyidaw where Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi appeared.

Mr Thein Hlaing Tun was charged with violating part of the Criminal Code that criminalized alleged insults against the Tatmadaw.

“That’s all we know about his arrest,” said Ms. Min Min Soe.

In yet another sign of the Tatmadaw’s intolerance of dissent or critical press scrutiny, an American, the editor-in-chief of Frontier Myanmar, a bi-monthly magazine about developments in the country, was reportedly arrested at Yangon International Airport on Monday when he was about to take a flight to Are you planning to climb the Kuala Lumpur? The magazine said in a statement posted on its Twitter account that senior editor Danny Fenster was believed to have been transferred to Insein Prison in Yangon.