Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi thanks supporters for flower protests

22 June, 2021
Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi thanks supporters for flower protests
Deposed Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday (Jun 21) thanked her supporters for defying the junta to celebrate her 76th birthday with flower protests, as her trial on a raft of criminal charges resumed.

A mass uprising in Myanmar against a February military putsch has been met with a brutal crackdown which has killed more than 870 civilians, according to an area monitoring group.

Protesters in the united states on Saturday donned flowers within their hair - long a signature Aung San Suu Kyi look - to mark the birthday of the democracy icon, who turned 76 under junta house arrest.

Many replicated the floral hairstyle and uploaded pictures onto social media, from a former beauty queen to rebel soldiers.

Aung San Suu Kyi told her lawyers "to mention her thanks and share her wishes for the people", her legal professional Khin Maung Zaw told reporters after the court hearing Monday.

She added that she was "in good health".

The hearing heard testimony that Aung San Suu Kyi broke coronavirus restrictions during last year's elections that her National League for Democracy (NLD) party won in a landslide, and illegally imported walkie-talkies.

Journalists were barred from the proceedings in the special court in the administrative centre Naypyidaw and an AFP reporter said there is a heavy police presence outside.

Brief meetings with her legal team have already been the only channel to the exterior world for Aung San Suu Kyi - who remains widely popular in Myanmar - since she was detained in February.

Last month she used her first in-person court appearance to voice defiance against the junta, affirming that her NLD party would "exist as long as people exist because it was founded for people".

Junta leader Min Aung Hlaing has justified his power grab by citing alleged electoral fraud in the November poll and has threatened to dissolve the NLD.

Aung San Suu Kyi's lawyers have said they expect the trial to summary by Jul 26.

The other charges against her include claims that she accepted against the law payments of gold and violated a colonial-era secrecy law.
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