Myanmar’s military, Tatmadaw, detained National League for Democracy Party (NLD) leader and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, as well as President Win Myint and other members of the ruling party on 1 February, voiding the NLD’s landslide November election victory in response to alleged voter fraud and declaring a state of emergency for a year.
Myanmar’s military detained National League for Democracy Party (NLD) leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other officials on 1 February, citing fraud concering the NLD’s recent landslide election win.
Biden’s statement on Monday said “the international community should come together in one voice to press the Burmese military to immediately relinquish the power they have seized, release the activists and officials they have detained, lift all telecommunications restrictions, and refrain from violence against civilians”.
Recalling that Washington had removed sanctions on Myanmar over the past decade based on its “progress toward democracy”, the president added:
Joe Biden emphasised that “force should never seek to overrule the will of the people or attempt to erase the outcome of a credible election”. The US president concluded the statement by underscoring:
From 1962 until 2011, Washington had restricted bilateral relations with Myanmar, also known as Burma. The…