World leaders strongly condemned the the bloodiest crackdown Yet by Myanmar security forces against peaceful anti-coup protesters, in which at least 18 people were killed and dozens injured in several towns in Myanmar, according to the Human Rights Office of Myanmar. United Nations.
UN chief Antonio Guterres on Sunday led the chorus of international condemnation against the actions of the military, which seized power on February 1 and declared a year-long “emergency” after alleged electoral fraud in the November election won by civilian leader Aung San La feast of Suu Kyi in a landslide.
Around 1,000 protesters calling for 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, European Union 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 flagrant defiance of international law. They must be held to account.
The European Union stands resolutely on the side of 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 brave 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 UN 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. that lethal ”which left at least 18 dead and more than 30 injured. .
“Deaths 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 guns. tear gas, flash bang grenades and stunners. pomegranates.
The crackdown came after state television reported that Myanmar’s envoy to the UN had been fired after having urged the world body to use “all necessary means” to reverse the coup.
Meanwhile, activists from several countries in Asia and beyond held rallies on Sunday in support of anti-coup protesters in Myanmar.
Following a plea for help from democracy activists in Myanmar, some 200 people in Taipei and dozens in Bangkok, Melbourne and Hong Kong took to the streets waving placards and #MilkTeaAlliance 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 shared passion for the milk drink in Thailand, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Activists in Indonesia, Malaysia and other countries in Southeast Asia 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 have the feeling that we are in the same boat.”