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(Reuters) – The Myanmar military seized power on Monday in a coup against the democratically elected government of Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, who was arrested along with other leaders of her party from the National League for Democracy (NLD) during early morning raids.
The military said it detained in response to “electoral fraud,” according to a statement broadcast on an army-owned television station. BLINKEN, UNITED STATES, SECRETARY OF STATE:
“We call on the Burmese military leadership to release all government officials and civil society leaders and to respect the will of the Burmese people expressed in the democratic elections on November 8.
“The United States supports the Burmese people in their aspirations for democracy, freedom, peace and development. The military must reverse these actions immediately.”
BORIS JOHNSON, BRITISH PRIME MINISTER:
“I condemn the coup d’état and the illegal imprisonment of civilians, including Aung San Suu Kyi, in Myanmar,” Johnson said on Twitter.
“The people’s vote must be respected and the civilian leaders released.”
WANG WENBIN, SPOKESMAN FOR THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGNERS OF CHINA:
“We have taken note of what happened in Myanmar and are in the process of better understanding the situation,” Wang said during a daily press briefing in Beijing.
“China is a friendly neighbor of Myanmar. We hope that all parties in Myanmar can properly manage their disputes under the constitution and legal framework and safeguard political and social stability.”
ANTONIO GUTERRES, SECRETARY GENERAL, UNITED NATIONS:
“These developments represent a blow to democratic reforms,” Guterres spokesman Stéphane Dujarric said in a statement.
“All leaders must act in the best interests of Myanmar’s democratic reform, engage in constructive dialogue, refrain from violence and fully respect human rights and fundamental freedoms.”
TOSHIMITSU MOTEGI, MINISTER OF FOREIGNERS OF JAPAN:
“The Japanese government has so far strongly supported the democratic process in Myanmar and opposes any reversal of this process,” he said in a statement.
“We strongly call on the military government to restore democracy as quickly as possible.”
URSULA VON DER LEYEN, PRESIDENT OF THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION:
“I strongly condemn the coup in Myanmar,” she wrote on Twitter.
“Legitimate civilian government must be restored, in accordance with the country’s constitution and the November elections.”
CHIEF OF THE ROHINGYA COMMUNITY, DIL MOHAMMED, AT DHAKA:
“We, the Rohingya community, strongly condemn this heinous attempt to kill democracy,” he told Reuters by telephone.
“We urge the world community to come forward and restore democracy at all costs.”
BANGLADESH DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS:
“We have persisted in developing mutually beneficial relations with Myanmar and have worked with Myanmar for the voluntary, safe and sustainable repatriation of Rohingya hosted in Bangladesh,” the ministry said in a statement.
“We expect these processes to continue in earnest.”
“We hope that the democratic process and constitutional provisions will be respected in Myanmar,” said Bangladesh
INDIA, DECLARATION OF THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGNERS:
“We have noted with deep concern the developments in Myanmar. India has consistently supported the process of democratic transition in Myanmar. We believe that the rule of law and the democratic process must be respected. We are monitoring the situation closely. “
MARISE PAYNE, MINISTER OF FOREIGNERS OF AUSTRALIA:
“The Australian government is deeply concerned at reports that the Myanmar military is once again seeking control of Myanmar and has arrested State Councilor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and President U Win Myint.
“We call on the military to respect the rule of law, resolve disputes through legal mechanisms and immediately release all civilian leaders and others who have been unlawfully detained.
THANT MYINT-U, HISTORIAN AND AUTHOR:
“The doors have just opened to a very different future. I have a strong feeling that no one will be able to really control what will follow. And remember Myanmar is a country awash in arms, with deep divisions between ethnic and religious borders, where millions barely eat. “
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL, DEP. REGIONAL DIRECTOR, MING YU HAH:
“The arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi, senior officials and other political figures is extremely alarming.
“Reports of a telecommunications power outage pose an additional threat to the population at such a volatile time – especially as Myanmar battles a pandemic and internal conflict against armed groups puts people at risk. civilians at risk in several regions of the country. and Internet services resume immediately. “
TOM ANDREWS, UNITED NATIONS SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON MYANMAR:
“What is important is that the international community, above all, expresses itself very clearly, very unequivocally, this is unacceptable,” he told Reuters in an interview.
“The international community rejects what has happened, that the leaders of the world are united in their revulsion against this illegal act and that the international community is determined to work together, to see that it does not hold up.”