Deposed Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi charged with second offence

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Myanmar police have filed a second charge against deposed former leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

The military seized power in Myanmar in a coup on 1 February, forcing Ms Suu Kyi into detention.

She was initially charged with importing walkie-talkies but lawyer Khin Maung Zaw told local media she was now facing a
second charge – of violating the country’s National Disaster Law.

This weekend saw mass demonstrations demanding the release of the ousted leader.

It came after the ruling junta issued a new order suspending several basic civil liberties and imposing a night-time curfew on the population.

More than 384 people have been detained since the coup.

As well as the mass protests across Myanmar, the country’s military rulers were also faced with a strike by government workers, part of a civil disobedience movement to protest the takeover.

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The army claims last November’s general election – which Ms Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party won in a landslide – was fraudulent.

The electoral commission dismissed the army’s complaints.

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