India on Monday expressed “deep concern” at the military coup in Myanmar and detention of de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi and said the rule of law and democratic process must be upheld. The external affairs ministry said in a brief statement that it is monitoring the situation closely after that Myanmar’s military had seized power in a coup against the democratically elected government of Suu Kyi, who was held along with other leaders of her National League for Democracy (NLD) party in early morning raids. The military also said it had taken control of Myanmar for a year under a state of emergency as phone and internet services were restricted. State-run TV went off the air hours before Parliament had been due to convene for the first time since NLD’s landslide election win in November.
“India has always been steadfast in its support to the process of democratic transition in Myanmar. We believe that the rule of law and the democratic process must be upheld. We are monitoring the situation closely,” it said.
US secretary of state Antony Blinken too expressed “grave concern and alarm” at the detention of civilian leaders, including state counsellor Suu Kyi, and said Myanmar’s military “must reverse these actions immediately”.