UN Myanmar envoy expresses support, concerns

In Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi has indicated that her political party, the National League for Democracy, exists because of and for the people.

The United Nations special envoy for Myanmar has showed support for the embattled leader and expressed concern about the situation in Myanmar.

The envoy said that protesters have started shifting from the defensive to the offensive. She said homemade weapons have been seen, and that they have been receiving military training from armed ethnic organizations.

The country's military seized power from the democratically elected government in February.
The UN envoy says more than 800 civilians have been killed since the coup, and over 5,000 people have been detained.

An electoral body appointed by the junta said on Friday that it is considering dissolving of the National League for Democracy. It accused the party of fraud related to last November's general election.

Meanwhile, Myanmar state television aired the first images of Aung San Suu Kyi since the coup, when she appeared in court on Monday.

Her lawyer quoted her as saying that her party "grew out of the people" and will exist as long as it has their support.

In a related development, the independent news organization Frontier has issued a statement saying its managing editor, Danny Fenster, was detained at Yangon Airport on Monday, shortly before boarding a flight to Malaysia.

Frontier says he has been transferred to a prison in Yangon and called for his immediate release.
The US media report that Fenster is an American and that Washington is aware of this.