02/01/2018, 09.13
MYANMAR

Yangon, incendiary device thrown at Aung San Suu Kyi’s house

It caused only minor damage. The building is the villa where the democratic leader spent many years under house arrest. Renewed criticism of the international community invest the Lady. The government removes the American diplomat Bill Richardson from an advisory group on the crisis in Rakhine. He declares: "Aung San Suu Kyi remains the best hope for change for Myanmar".

Yangon (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Unknown assailants threw a petrol bomb at Aung San Suu Kyi's home this morning. A spokesman for the Burmese government said that at the time of the incident the democratic leader was not inside the building. The Lady is indeed in Naypyitaw, where she should give a speech to Parliament to celebrate the second anniversary of the rise to power of her National League for Democracy party (NLD).

"It was a molotov," confirms spokesman Zaw Htay, without giving any further details on the possible motive behind the rare attack on Myanmar's democracy heroine. The incendiary bomb caused minor damage. However, the attack on the villa in which Aung San Suu Kyi was detained for long years of house arrest by the former military junta is extremely symbolic.

In recent weeks, renewed criticism from the international community has invested the Burmese civilian leader for her management of the humanitarian emergency in Rakhine, which has caused the exodus of more than 650 thousand refugees belonging to the Islamic Rohinghya minority to Bangladesh.

On January 25, Naypyitaw's government said it had removed US diplomat Bill Richardson from an advisory group on the crisis, accusing the former governor of New Mexico of a "personal attack" on Aung San Suu Kyi in his pungent letter of resignation.

Nevertheless, the US mediator affirms that the Lady remains the best hope for change for Myanmar. Richardson claims that Aung San Suu Kyi has developed a "encirclement syndrome" in her position as Councilor of State in Myanmar, but added that Western governments should continue to work with her. "I think the Myanmar army is to blame for many things and the only person who can reverse the situation, I think, is Aung San Suu Kyi, and she should start doing it," he concludes. 

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