Myanmar junta declares last year’s election invalid

Myanmar people continue to protest against the junta’s coup, and the election commission appointed by the junta today (26th) declared last November’s parliamentary elections invalid, provoking another wave of civil backlash. Ung San Suu Kyi is still under house arrest, and her lawyer pointed out that a hearing will be held in three days, but the lawyer is still unable to contact her.

Thein Soe, chairman of Myanmar’s junta-appointed election commission, said today that the results of last year’s parliamentary elections in Myanmar were invalid. The election was won by the National League for Democracy, led by Ung San Suu Kyi, but the Burmese military accused the election of fraud and staged a coup in February, placing Ung San Suu Kyi under house arrest.

The police fired shots into the air and threw riot grenades at the protesters in Yangon and Mandalay. The people of Myanmar also launched a sit-in at the Singapore Embassy in Yangon today, calling on the Singaporean government to freeze some $5.7 billion in foreign currency savings held by the Burmese government in a number of Singaporean banks.

Wongsan Suu Kyi’s lawyer complained that Wongsan Suu Kyi is still under house arrest, and she has to go to court for a hearing in three days, while she still cannot get in touch with her lawyer, fearing that her legal rights will be affected.

The British government announced yesterday that it would sanction six senior Burmese military officials involved in the military coup, including Burmese junta leader Min Aung Hlaing, and that it would suspend its policy of promoting trade with Burma. The U.S. has imposed similar sanctions on Burma, and the European Union said this week it is ready to impose them.