The demonstration at Dagon University in Rangoon is one of several in the country as discontent and civil disobedience flare up after Monday’s military coup. Aung San Suu Kyi was elected, President Win Myint arrested and placed under house arrest.
She has not seen Suu Kyi since, but her party representative said Friday that she was “in good health” and was at her home in the capital, Naypyidaw.
Around 150 people are said to have been arrested during the week, among them one of Aung San Suu Kyi’s closest men, 79-year-old Wayne Htein.
Myanmar (also known as Burma) was until recently ruled by a brutal military dictatorship. The military council justified the intervention this week by allegations that the November elections – when the National League for Democracy won a landslide victory – had not gone wrong.
Aung San Suu Kyi has been the civil leader of Myanmar since 2016. Earlier in her life, she was hailed as a democracy fighter, was placed under house arrest for nearly 15 years and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. In recent years, she has been sharply criticized For their failure to mount a violent campaign against the Muslim Rohingya minority, which has forced hundreds of thousands of Rohingya to flee.