December 6, 2021, 02.17 PM

Who is Aung San Suu Kyi?

Suu Kyi led the NLD to victory in the 2015 general election, the first democratic vote in Myanmar in 25 years.

Between 1989 and 2012, she spent a total of 15 years under house arrest. While confined to her family’s colonial-era mansion in Yangon, Suu Kyi would appear to thousands gathered on the other side of her garden fence.

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She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 in recognition of her struggle for democracy.

What is the situation in Myanmar?

Myanmar’s junta has been grappling with protests, strikes, and armed resistance by militias since the overthrow of the Suu Kyi government. According to a local monitoring group, more than 1,200 people have been killed and over 10,000 arrested in a crackdown on dissent.

On Sunday, an army vehicle barreled into an anti-junta march and reportedly killed three people, according to witnesses and an organizer of the march.
Also on Sunday, Myanmar’s junta chief Min Aung Hlaing sat down with two high-level NLD members, Tin Oo and Khin Nyunt. Other NLD members criticized the meeting and claimed that the junta was intending to use it to its political advantage.

Source: Reuters, AFP, AP

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