After more than five months of the military coup in Myanmar, a picture allegedly showing Aung San Suu Kyi in a prison cell is being shared on social media.
Aung San Suu Kyi and other leaders of the National League for Democracy (NLD) were detained during the coup on February 1, 2021.
“ক্ষমতা কারো স্থায়ী থাকে না!!!!” the Facebook caption read in Bengali. (Translation: Power does not last for anyone!)
We then traced the original image on the Wikimedia Commons, where it was titled, Female prisoner shackled in her small cell.”
The description of the picture dated July 2013 read: A female prisoner living inside her tiny prison cell. The cell provides the inmate with a toilet and a bed, as well as bars to protect her from the outside elements. The cell is designed for the comfort and benefit of the prisoner as well as the public.
Upon comparing the two pictures, it became evident that Aung San Suu Kyi’s face has been superimposed on the original image.
We also looked for media reports but did not find any reports corroborating the claim.
Upon searching further, we found a handout photo of civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi (left) and detained president Win Myint (right) during their first court appearance in the capital, Naypyidaw, in May. The articles can be seen here, here and here.
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