Myanmar: Police guard for Aung San Suu Kyi after death threat
Police in Myanmar have for the first time decided to give protection to Aung San Suu Kyi after a death threat.
A police chief told BBC Burmese that a special unit had now been assigned to protect the leader of the National League for Democracy (NLD), which has just taken power in Myanmar (Burma).
The threat was issued over a possible constitutional change enabling Ms Suu Kyi to become president.
She spent many years under house arrest under the former military dictatorship.
A liberalisation process has been under way in recent years, leading to a landslide victory by Ms Suu Kyi’s NLD in elections in November.
The man who made the death threat against Ms Suu Kyi has since apologised but the threat, made in a Facebook post, was taken seriously.
“I told the local police office straight away to take care of her security when I saw the post. We cannot afford anything to happen to a person of her stature,” the police chief told the BBC.