U.S. calls on the military that staged a coup to release Myanmar’s leaders

U.S. calls on the military that staged a coup to release Myanmar's leaders

The United States calls on the military of Myanmar, who staged a coup and declared a state of emergency in the country, to release all senior officials and politicians of the country they have detained. This was announced by U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, according to the website of the department.

The United States expresses grave concern and dismay over the detention of several civilian government leaders, including State Councilor Aung San Suu Kyi. “We call on Myanmar’s military to release all officials and civil society leaders and to respect the will of the people of the country as expressed in the November 8 democratic elections,” the statement said.

Blinken stressed that Washington supports citizens in their quest for democracy, freedom, peace and development. “The military must reverse its actions immediately,” the U.S. secretary of state concluded.

Myanmar’s military staged a coup and detained President Win Myin and the head of the country’s ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) party, Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi. They announced that power would pass into the hands of Min Aung Hlaing, commander-in-chief of the country’s armed forces, and imposed a one-year state of emergency on the country.

In November 2020, elections were held in Myanmar, in which the NLD won, but the military, which supported the Union Solidarity and Development Party, did not agree with the results. They threatened to “take action” over alleged vote rigging.