Myanmar fires ambassador to the United Nations

Elias Hubbard
Марта 3, 2021

The UK government said on Sunday that escalating violence against protesters was abhorrent and it called on the Myanmar's military leaders to restore democracy.

Anti-military regime protesters gather at Hledan in Yangon on February 28.

China has not condemned the coup and emphasized other countries should not interfere in Myanmar's internal affairs, raising the suspicion that Beijing may be propping up the junta to boost its clout in the country as a major arms supplier, aid donor and trading partner.

It was not clear how many were detained on Sunday.

"More wounded people keep coming in", he told AFP.

In Myanmar's biggest city Yangon on Saturday, police used rubber bullets to disperse a demonstration at Myaynigone junction, the site of an hours-long standoff the day before.

The country of Myanmar has been on the world stage for several weeks now following a military takeover. Suu Kyi's party would have been installed for a second five-year term in office, but the army blocked Parliament from convening and detained her and President Win Myint, as well as other top members of Suu Kyi's government.

Police in the second city of Mandalay fired guns into the air, trapping protesting medical staff in a city hospital, a doctor there said by telephone. The reports from Monywa also said dozens or more people were arrested. It also coincided with the pro-democracy activists' request for solidarity from the Milk Tea Alliance, a loose, online coalition of activists largely based in Thailand, Hong Kong and Taiwan using the hashtag #MilkTeaAlliance. The coalition's name refers to the variety of types of milk tea consumed across the region. At least five students were arrested at protests elsewhere in downtown Yangon on Sunday. According the head of the emergency department of a government general hospital in Yangon, three died after being shot in the head and abdomen.

"Out of 19 wounded people we have treated today, 15 were hit with live bullets".

Two of them were briefly detained and later released.

The police also threw stun grenades outside a medical school in Yangon, Reuters reported.

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A wounded protester is carried away in Mandalay

But protests have continued apace across Myanmar, from the remote mountain ranges of northern Chin state to the southern coastal city Dawei.

While Washington expects Tokyo to use its connections with the Myanmar armed forces as leverage, President Joe Biden's administration has signaled additional US sanctions amid speculation that the generals may shrug off pressure because they are used to being sanctioned and isolated from the global community.

"We will try to find another way to protest - of course, we are afraid of their crackdown", said protester Moe Moe, 23, who used a pseudonym. Therefore, with each new death, the military coup leaders know that the gamble is even more risky because the consequences of failure will be severe.

Her appearance in court has come after the ousted leader's supporters witnessed one of the bloodiest day till date as at least 18 people were killed in clashes between security forces and protesters. Local politician Kyaw Min Htike confirmed police had shot protesters in Dawei.

Security forces also tried to thwart protests in Mandalay, where roadblocks were set up at several key intersections and the regular venues for rallies were flooded with police. Some courageous souls armed themselves with rackets to hit the flying teargas canisters back to security forces while others simply used wet blankets to cover up smoky canisters when they landed.

The UN said deaths had also been reported in Myeik, Bago and Pokokku.

About 1,000 supporters of Myanmar's military, some armed with knives and clubs, others firing catapults and throwing stones, rally in Yangon city centre, attacking opponents of the February 1 coup. "Targeting of civilians is abhorrent", the USA embassy said.

Last week, the junta unleashed armed thugs, believed to be former soldiers, on the protesters to break the swelling demonstrations after riot police action using teargas, water cannons and stun grenades failed to disperse them.

The coup, which stalled Myanmar's progress toward democracy after almost 50 years of military rule, has brought hundreds of thousands of protesters onto the streets and drawn condemnation from Western countries, with some imposing limited sanctions. Apparently disturbed and angered by the deaths of their fellow protesters, they shouted anti-regime slogans louder than on the other days.

The independent Myanmar Now website on Friday quoted officials of her National League for Democracy (NLD) party as saying she had been moved this week from house arrest to an undisclosed location.

"It's obvious they're trying to instil fear in us by making us run and hide ... we can't accept that".

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