The military of Myanmar has arrested state counselor and ruling party National League for Democracy (NLD) leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other senior government officials in the early morning of Feb. 1, NLD spokesperson said.
“State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and some other senior figures are being detained in Naypyidaw,” Spokesperson Myo Nyunt told CNN.
Myo Nyunt said that President Win Mint was among those that had been “taken” during the raids, adding that he also expected to be arrested.
An NLD lawmaker, who requested for anonymity for fear of retaliation, told British newspaper The Guardian that central executive committee member Han Thar Myint was also among those arrested.
Family members also said that soldiers took chief ministers from their homes in several regions, according to a report by BBC News.
The arrests come amid escalating tensions between the civilian government and the military, who have increased their demands for an investigation into alleged voter fraud during the elections held last Nov. 8 where NLD won 83% of the available seats.
The arrests also come hours before the lower house of parliament was due to convene for its first session after the elections, but the military was calling for postponement.
BBC News reported that soldiers were on the streets in the capital and in Yangon, another major city.
Myanmar state TV, located in Naypyidaw, stated on its Facebook page in the morning of Feb. 1 that it was unable to broadcast due to technical errors.
Media outlets reported that telephone and Internet lines in the capital have been cut.
“I want to tell our people not to respond rashly and I want them to act according to the law,” Myo Nyunt said.
“The military seems to take control of the capital now,” Myo Nyunt also said.
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