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Myanmar Junta Puts Suu Kyi in 'Protective Custody'

Myanmar’s ruling military said on Saturday it took opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and 17 of her top party members into “protective custody” after violent clashes between her supporters and opponents in the north of the country. Myanmar junta spokesman Tin Win told a news conference Suu Kyi was taken into custody late on Friday after hundreds of her supporters clashed with opponents, leaving four people dead and as many as 50 injured. Myanmar officials did not say what sparked the violence in the northern town of Yaway Oo, about 560 km (400 miles) north of the capital, and denied media reports that her vehicle had been fired on by an unidentified gunman on Friday night. “There was no shooting at all, and nobody accompanying Aung San Suu Kyi was injured,” Brigadier General Than Tun told the news conference. The announcement that Suu Kyi was in custody came just hours after security officials sealed her NLD party headquarters in the capital, amid mounting criticism of the pro-democracy icon by the country’s ruling military. Full Story

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