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Burmese Coup Leaders Levy New Charges Against Aung San Suu Kyi; Freed U.S. Reporter Speaks Out

HeadlineNov 17, 2021

In Burma, the military junta which seized power in the February 1 coup has charged overthrown civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi with “election fraud and lawless actions.” Aung San Suu Kyi has been detained since February and is facing multiple other charges in secretive, closed-door court proceedings.

Meanwhile, U.S. journalist Danny Fenster landed in New York Tuesday after being released from a Burmese prison on Monday.

Danny Fenster: “Not just journalists and prisoners of conscience in Myanmar and everywhere else, but for me in Myanmar, just a lot of citizens, doctors, teachers that are in prison right now. And, you know, that’s another point that everybody here is reiterating. This will be a short little celebration, but, you know, let’s keep focused on what the actual story is here.”

A Burmese rights group has recorded over 10,000 arrests since the February coup. According to the U.N., 126 members of the press have been arrested, with 47 currently in detention.

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