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AFP
June 22, 2021

Suu Kyi thanks supporters for flower protests

AFP
June 22, 2021

YANGON: Deposed Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday thanked her supporters for defying the junta to celebrate her 76th birthday with flower protests, as her trial on a raft of criminal charges resumed.

A mass uprising in Myanmar against a February military putsch has been met with a brutal crackdown that has killed more than 870 civilians, according to a local monitoring group. Protesters across the country on Saturday donned flowers in their hair -- long a signature Suu Kyi look -- to mark the birthday of the democracy icon, who turned 76 under junta house arrest.

Suu Kyi told her lawyers "to convey her thanks and share her wishes for the people", her lawyer Khin Maung Zaw told reporters after the court hearing Monday. He added that she was "in good health".