Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other senior figures from the country’s ruling National League for Democracy were detained in an early morning raid on Monday, Reuters reported, quoting a spokesperson of the party.
NLD spokesperson Myo Nyunt told Reuters that Suu Kyi, President Win Myint and other leaders had been “taken” early in the morning. “I want to tell our people not to respond rashly and I want them to act according to the law,” he said, adding that he also expected to be detained.
The detentions came amid growing fears of a military coup in Myanmar. Ever since the National League for Democracy’s landslide win in November’s election, military leaders have discredited the results with unfounded claims of fraud.
Myanmar was under military rule till 2011, during which Suu Kyi spent many years under house arrest. The newly elected lower house of Parliament was due to convene for the first time on Monday, but the military had called for a postponement,…