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Myanmar’s Suu Kyi has ‘no comment’ on call for war against junta

Toppled Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has “no comment” on a declaration of war against the junta by a shadow government dominated by lawmakers from her party, her lawyer said Monday.

Myanmar has been in turmoil since the military ousted Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy government during a February coup, sparking huge democracy protests which have triggered a bloody crackdown from the junta.

NLD lawmakers structure the bulk of a “National Unity Government” which is functioning to overturn the military regime and declared a “people’s defensive war” earlier this month urging citizens to attack junta assets.

Following the declaration, clashes between local “people’s defense forces” and therefore the military have increased, and over a dozen army-owned communications towers are attacked, consistent with anti-junta groups.

Suu Kyi had “no comment” when asked by her lawyers about the NUG’s declaration of war, her lawyer Khin Maung Zaw said, and would comment only after discussions with others within the NLD leadership.

“She said she never turns against the needs of the people,” he added.

Nonviolence may be a core principle of Suu Kyi’s and was a defining characteristic of the democracy movement she led against a previous junta decades ago.

But many young protesters have embraced the resistance movement, seeing it because the only thanks to permanently uproot military dominance of the country’s politics and economy.

Nobel laureate Suu Kyi, 76, has been held under confinement since the coup, stop from the surface world aside from court appearances and meetings together with her lawyers.

She appeared at a special court within the capital Naypyidaw on Monday for the newest hearing over allegedly importing walkie-talkies illegally and flouting coronavirus restrictions during elections last year that her party won by a landslide.

She faces a raft of other charges and will be jailed for many years if convicted.

Journalists are barred from all proceedings thus far .

The ongoing unrest has paralysed the economy of the neighbouring nation.

More than 1,100 people are killed and over 8,000 arrested, consistent with an area monitoring group.

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