Sean Turnell, an Australian financial adviser to Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi, stated in a message to Reuters on Saturday he was being detained, days after she was overthrown in a coup.
“I suppose you’ll quickly hear of it, but I’m being detained,” he stated.
“Being charged with one thing, but undecided what. I’m nice and robust, and never responsible of something,” he stated, with a smile emoji.
It was not subsequently attainable to contact him.
That is the primary identified arrest of a overseas nationwide in Myanmar because the military generals seized energy alleging fraud in a Nov. 8 election that Suu Kyi’s Nationwide League for Democracy (NLD) gained in a landslide.
Australia’s overseas ministry was not instantly accessible to remark.
Turnell is a professor of economics at Macquarie College in Sydney and has been advising Suu Kyi on financial coverage for a number of years.
On Saturday, a number of thousand protesters gathered in Australia’s second-largest city of Melbourne denouncing the coup and demanding the discharge of Suu Kyi.
Tv and social media footage confirmed individuals carrying the crimson color of the NLD, carrying portraits of Suu Kyi and singing “We Will not Be Glad Till The Finish Of The World”, the Burmese language anthem from the nation’s 1988 pro-democracy rebellion, brutally put down by the army authorities.
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