Myanmar’s elected political leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and several top officials were detained in an early morning raid, a spokesperson for her governing National League for Democracy said on Monday.
Suu Kyi’s arrest comes amid escalating tension between the civilian government and the national military following an election that the army has claimed was mired in fraud.
There have fears in recent days of a coup taking place. There are soldiers on the streets of the capital, Naypyitaw, according to reports.
A spokesperson told Reuters news agency via phone call that the officials had been “taken” in the early hours of the morning.
“I want to tell our people not to respond rashly and I want them to act according to the law,” Myo Nyunt told Reuters.