Soldiers and police seize documents from NLD head office during evening raid

Soldiers and police seized documents in a raid on the party head office of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) in Yangon on Tuesday night, according to party members.

Soe Lay, one of the NLD’s upper house MPs, told Myanmar Now that soldiers and police broke into the office at around 9pm.

“It’s unacceptable. The NLD is an officially registered political party and they have to inform us if they want to do a search,” he said.

Some party members who arrived at the office Wednesday morning were documenting the incident, he added.

“We will address this action in accordance with the law after consulting with our party’s legal advisors,” he added.

The incident comes over a week after the military seized power last Monday, detaining Aung San Suu Kyi and president Win Myint, as well as dozens of others, in early morning raids.

The coup was set in motion just hours before the Lower House was set to convene and certify the results of last year’s November 8 election, which the NLD won in a landslide.

The military claimed it had found over 10 million irregularities in voter lists used during last year’s election, which it said could have resulted in vote-rigging.

Then vice-president Myint Swe was appointed president and declared a one-year state of emergency, transferring power to military chief Min Aung Hlaing, who now chairs the State Administrative Council.

The military has also detained two executives from Daw Khin Kyi Foundation, a philanthropist organization founded by Aung San Suu Kyi and dedicated to her mother, according to a source close to the foundation.

The two executives are Moe Zaw Oo, a member of the peace commission advisory board, and Thant Thaw Kaung, a librarian, according to the source. Myanmar Now was unable to confirm the information with the authorities.

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