World leaders strongly condemned the bloodiest crackdown Yet by Myanmar security forces against peaceful anti-coup protesters, in which at least 18 people have been killed and dozens injured in several towns in Myanmar, according to the United Nations Human Rights Office. United.
On Sunday, UN chief Antonio Guterres led the chorus of international condemnation against the actions of the military, which seized power on February 1 and declared an “emergency” a year after alleged a voter fraud in the November election won by civilian leader Aung San La Feast of Suu Kyi in a landslide.
Around 1,000 demonstrators demanding the restoration of Aung San Suu Kyi’s government were reportedly arrested on Sunday.
“The use of lethal force against peaceful protesters and arbitrary arrests are unacceptable,” UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said in a statement.
“The Secretary-General urges the international community to come together and send a clear signal to the military that it must respect the will of the people of Myanmar as expressed in the elections and end the repression.”
General secretary @antonioguterres strongly condemns the violent repression #Myanmar, calling the use of lethal force against peaceful protesters and arbitrary arrests “unacceptable”.https://t.co/j0BfRNWQCS
– United Nations spokesperson (@UN_Spokesperson) February 28, 2021
Meanwhile, the European Union’s diplomatic chief Josep Borrell confirmed in a statement that the bloc “will take action in response to these developments shortly.”
“The military authorities must immediately cease the use of force against civilians and allow the population to express their right to freedom of expression and assembly,” Borrell said in a statement.
European ministers have already agreed to sanctions against the Burmese army because of the coup and have decided to suspend part of the development aid. The sanctions are expected to be finalized in the coming days and will enter into force as soon as an official notice is issued by the EU.
#Myanmar The army must stop its brutal repression of peaceful demonstrations, causing many deaths or injuries, in blatant disregard for international law. They must be held accountable.
The European Union stands resolutely alongside the courageous people of Myanmar and will take action in response. https://t.co/owf1Yfca1s
– Josep Borrell Fontelles (@JosepBorrellF) February 28, 2021
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken condemned what he described as “the abominable violence of the Burmese security forces against the Burmese people”, using the country’s old name.
“We strongly support the courageous people of Burma and encourage all countries to speak with one voice to support their will,” Blinken tweeted Sunday afternoon.
A spokeswoman for the UK Foreign Office said “the violence must end and democracy must be restored”, noting that the UK has already imposed sanctions on those responsible for the coup.
“In collaboration with the United States and Canada, the United Kingdom has taken action by imposing human rights sanctions on nine officers of the Burmese army, including the commander-in-chief, for their role in the coup State, ”said the spokesperson.
Turkey also strongly condemned what it called the disproportionate use of force by the Myanmar military.
“We observe with deep concern that stability in Myanmar deteriorates after the coup,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. “We call for the necessary measures to be taken for the restoration of democracy without delay for the maintenance of peace and stability in the country and the immediate end of violence against peaceful demonstrators,” he said. he adds.
‘We are in the same boat’
Earlier on Sunday, the United Nations human rights office said in a statement that police and military forces had faced peaceful protests in several parts of Myanmar, using “deadly force and less force than lethal ”which left at least 18 dead and more than 30 injured. .
“Deaths have reportedly occurred as a result of live ammunition fired at crowds in Yangon, Dawei, Mandalay, Myeik, Bago and Pokokku,” he said, referring to several towns, adding that the forces had also used tear gas, flash bang grenades and grenades.
The crackdown came after state television reported that Myanmar’s envoy to the UN had been fired after urging the world body to use “all necessary means” to reverse the coup.
Meanwhile, activists from several Asian countries and beyond staged rallies on Sunday to support anti-coup protesters in Myanmar.
Following a plea for help from pro-democracy activists in Myanmar, some 200 people in Taipei and dozens in Bangkok, Melbourne and Hong Kong took to the streets waving #MilkTeaAlliance placards and flags.
The hashtag, which originated in a protest against online attacks by nationalists in China, was used millions of times on Sunday. Its name comes from the passion shared for the milk drink in Thailand, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Activists in Indonesia, Malaysia and other Southeast Asian countries have expressed solidarity by posting messages and illustrations online as part of a social media campaign.
“Myanmar activists have been very active in their engagement with the Milk Tea Alliance since the coup,” said Thai activist Rathasat Plenwong, who went to show his support for Myanmar’s protests in Bangkok.
“We feel like we’re in the same boat.”