Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Misses Myanmar’s Martyrs’ Day Ceremony

By The Irrawaddy 19 July 2021

Detained State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was not present at Monday’s Martyrs’ Day ceremony marking the assassination of her father General Aung San and his colleagues on July 19, 1947.

Instead, a department head of the Yangon City Development Committee laid a wreath at the Martyrs’ Mausoleum in Yangon for Gen. Aung San as Myanmar marked the 74th anniversary of his death.

The families of other assassinated martyrs U Ba Win, Thakhin Mya and Ko Htwe did not attend the ceremony either. Event organizers laid wreaths on their behalf. The families of U Ba Cho, Mahn Ba Khaing, Sao San Tun, U Ohn Maung and U Razak were present at the event.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has been detained by the military since they seized power in a Feb. 1 coup.

However, she was allowed to attend previous Martyrs’ Day ceremonies while she was detained under house arrest by the previous military regime between 1989 and 2010.

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing attended last year’s ceremony together with detained President U Win Myint. But this year, Religious Affairs and Culture Minister U Ko Ko attended on his behalf.

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