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Southeast Asia: Twitter reactions on Suu Kyi guilty verdict

Categories: East Asia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Governance, Human Rights, International Relations, Law, Politics, Protest

Aung San Suu Kyi [1]Myanmar opposition leader and global democracy icon Aung San Suu Ky [2]i was sentenced to three years imprisonment for violating the terms of her detention. Myanmar’s military ruler Snr Gen Than Shwe later commuted the sentence to 18 months [3] of house arrest.

Myanmar authorities accused Suu Kyi of allowing American national John Yettawv to stay in her lakeside house last May which is a violation of the terms of her house arrest. The American was sentenced to seven years of hard labour and imprisonment. Both Suu Kyi and Yettawv are appealing [4] the guilty verdict.

Suu Kyi’s conviction was condemned by world leaders, Burmese activists, and also bloggers [5]. Twitterers based in Southeast Asia also reacted to the “harsh” sentence:

Manila

Starshadow [6]: i'm not sure how to feel over that US guy who was sentenced to hard labor for swimming over to Aung San Suu Kyi's house. :(
Starshadow [7]: well, i'm sad that he was sentenced so harshly, but surely he must have had *some* idea that he could get caught and things would go bad?
mitzvf [8]: His intntns my hve bn noble bt shld've consdrd d consqncs:(Still,7yrs hrd labr isn't fair nor is anthr 18mths 4 Aung San Suu Kyi
Dhalili [9]: is Calling on everyone to give one minute of silence for the FREEDOM of Aung San Suu Kyi
propelahead [10]: I consider Aung San Suu Kyi's conviction by the Burmese military junta a load of crap. More like Grade-A monkey crap.

Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam

redoranda [11]: I'm disgusted at first then sad and now i feel helpless … we have been waited long enough .. the junta is f**king an outrage (Singapore)
warlockp [12]: the military junta in Myanmar has nothing to do but harrass Aung San Suu Kyi. Another kangaroo court has sentenced her to house arrest…(Indonesia)
emflip [13]: This annoys me. RT @BreakingNews: Reuters: Myanmar court says Suu Kyi guilty of violating security law. (Vietnam)

Malaysia

andrewsusay [14]: ASEAN will be having an emergency meeting today to talk about the Myanmar issue..ha ha..what a bunch of poofs.
Ginielim [15]: Burmese gathering outside Msia Myanmar Embassy this morning 10am to protest against Burmese junta for keeping ASSK in jail 4 another 3years.
nasyua [16]: Im devastated to hear about Aung San Suu Kyi.. The world is so unfair!
Nigelytl [17]: Aung Sang Su Kyi found guilty. Now who didn't see that coming
tianchua [18]: Burmese junta sentenced Suu Kyi 3years hard labor, barred frm running4 election. It's blatant denial of democracy! Asean shd not watch idly!
lilgreenbloke [19]: Once again the Myanmar govt. prove themselves to be deserving of being toppled by another PEOPLE POWER REVOLUTION!

Thailand

da_mike [20]: ASEAN… please please push pressure to Burmese gov to release Aung San Su Kyi.
santiw [21]: I just read the news on Suu kyi. I'm not for Junta, but I'm in a puzzle about “the will of international comunity”, media sometimes refer.
FatCatDave [22]: Free Aung San Suu Kyi! why does the west ignore the injustices to the Burmese… No massive oil reserves?
kasaganahan [23]: We must sustain the public outcry and outrage over the junta's recent verdict of Aung San Suu Kyi.

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