Police tightened security around Myanmar’s detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday after an American man was reportedly arrested for swimming across a lake and sneaking into her lakeside home.
More than 20 police entered Suu Kyi’s compound Thursday morning, according to neighbours who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals in the military-ruled country. Despite tight security outside the home, police rarely enter Suu Kyi’s compound where she has been kept under house arrest for more than 13 of the past 19 years.
Myanma Ahlin reported that police fished an American man out of Yangon’s Inya Lake early Wednesday while he was returning from a visit to Suu Kyi’s home.
The newspaper identified the man as John William Yeattaw but gave no details of his motives.”He secretly entered the house and stayed there,” the newspaper reported, saying that he swam with an empty 5-litre plastic water jug, presumably to use as a float.