The extraordinary images have since gone viral on social media.
On Monday, the Burmese military seized power in a coup against the democratically elected government of Nobel Laureate Suu Kyi, who was arrested during morning raids along with other leaders of her party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), derailing the nation’s attempt to progress toward full democracy.
According to a statement broadcast on an army-owned television station, the military said it had made arrests in response to “electoral fraud”, handing power to military chief Min Aung Hlaing and imposing the state. emergency for one year.
The detained leader’s party called for her immediate release and for the military junta to recognize her victory in the November elections.
The fate of the Nobel Peace Prize winner remains unknown more than 24 hours after the takeover. However, a senior NLD official said he learned that Suu Kyi was in good health and was not moved from the place of her detention.
The New Zealand government has called on the military to release Suu Kyi.
“Aotearoa New Zealand is deeply concerned about the military takeover in Myanmar. New Zealand is a long-standing supporter of Myanmar’s democratic transition,” Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta said on Tuesday.
âWe call for the speedy release of all detained political actors, including Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi and President U Win Myint, and a speedy return to civilian rule.
âAn election has taken place and the democratic will of the people must be respected. We confirm our support for Myanmar’s democratic institutions and the rule of law.
The Kiwis have been warned not to travel to Myanmar as part of the ongoing coup.
âThe New Zealand authorities continue to closely monitor the situation in Myanmar. The consular advice is for New Zealanders in Myanmar to avoid unnecessary travel at this time and monitor media reports for the most recent information. “
US President Joe Biden has threatened to reimpose sanctions on Myanmar’s military leaders, condemning the takeover as a “direct attack on the country’s transition to democracy and the rule of law.”
“The international community should unite with one voice to pressure the Burmese army to immediately relinquish the power it has seized, release the activists and officials it has detained,” said Biden in a statement Monday (local time).
âThe United States has lifted sanctions on Burma over the past decade on the basis of progress towards democracy. Reversing this progress will require an immediate review of our laws and sanctioning authorities, followed by appropriate action. “