An arrest warrant was issued for Suu Kyi, who was the de facto leader of the country under the title of state chancellor, for violating the country’s import and export laws.
A spokesman for the National League for Democracy, Ki Tu, posted on his Facebook account on Wednesday that Suu Kyi would be detained until February 15.
“According to reliable information, a 14-day arrest warrant has been issued against Daw Aung San Suu Kyi under the Import and Export Law,” he said.
K2 said ousted President Win Myint has been placed in pretrial detention under the country’s disaster management law.
Several senior lawmakers and officials from the ruling National League for Democracy party have also been arrested, with around 400 detained in a guesthouse in the capital.
To consolidate its rule, the new ruling military council removed 24 ministers and deputies from the government and appointed 11 of its allies as replacements who would assume their roles in the new administration.
The sudden power grab came just as the new parliament was due to open and after months of increasing friction between the civilian government and the powerful army, known as the Tatmadaw, over alleged electoral irregularities.
Suu Kyi’s party, the National League for Democracy, won a landslide victory in the November 2020 elections, only the second since the end of military rule, receiving 83% of the vote, giving him another five years in government.
The country’s election commission has repeatedly denied that mass voter fraud has occurred.
Analysts suggested that the coup was more likely due to the military’s attempt to reassert its authority and the personal ambition of Army Chief Min Aung Hlaing, who was due to step down this year, rather than serious allegations of voter fraud.
After the coup, doctors from hospitals across the country prepared to strike in protest, despite the coronavirus pandemic.
Physician assistants at Yangon General Hospital issued a statement pledging their participation in the “civil disobedience movement”, saying that they would not work under an army-led government and calling for Suu Kyi’s release.
On Wednesday, a video clip showed medical workers in Yangon outside the hospital wearing protective clothing and protective gear, while wearing red ribbons.
Myanmar’s Ministry of Information warned the media and the public on Tuesday against spreading rumors on social media or inciting unrest, and urged people to cooperate with the government after Monday’s coup.
“Some media outlets and the public spread rumors on social media that they hold rallies to incite discord and issue statements that could stir unrest,” the statement said. “We urge the public not to do these actions, and we would like to inform the public to cooperate with the government in accordance with the existing laws,” he added.
Concern is growing in Myanmar about what will happen next, and many in the country have urged the international community to step up government pressure.
For more than 50 years, Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, has been run by successive isolationist military regimes that plunged the country into poverty and brutally suppressed any opposition. Thousands of critics, activists, journalists, academics, and artists were routinely imprisoned and tortured during that time.
Suu Kyi stood out during her decades-long struggle against military rule. When its party, the National League for Democracy, won an overwhelming majority in the 2015 elections and formed the first civilian government, many supporters of democracy hoped it would represent a departure from military rule in the past and offer hope that Myanmar will continue to reform.
“We know that the military cannot be trusted to respect the human rights of people and the rule of law in Burma,” said Bo Ki, co-founder of the Association for the Assistance of Political Prisoners. “When the military took the last responsibility, political prisoners like me were arrested, sent to jail for decades, (put) in solitary confinement and tortured. We are concerned that if this state of emergency is not reversed, similar things will happen again,” added Ki, who is also a prisoner. Former politician.
“There is a fear that the military will continue persecuting officials and activists and oppressing ordinary people. But we hope Burma can return to its democratic path.”