Myanmar envoy appeals to United Nations to stop coup; police break up protests

27 Février, 2021, 18:25 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Pro-military marchers in Myanmar attack anti-coup protesters

Police launched their most sweeping crackdown in three weeks of protests against military rule on Saturday in towns and cities across Myanmar, and one woman was shot and wounded and dozens of people were detained.

Myanmar has been in turmoil since the army seized power and detained elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi and much of her party leadership, alleging fraud in a November election her party won in a landslide.

The coup, which stalled Myanmar's progress toward democracy, has brought hundreds of thousands of protesters onto the streets and drawn condemnation from Western countries, with some imposing limited sanctions.

Myanmar's Ambassador to the United Nations has called on the world body "to use any means necessary" against his country's military, which took power in a coup earlier this month.

"We need further strongest possible action from the global community to immediately end the military coup, to stop oppressing the innocent people ... and to restore the democracy", Mr Moe Tun told the 193-member UN General Assembly.

"This revolution must win", he said, flashing at the end the three-finger salute that has become a symbol of resistance against the junta.

Police were not immediately available for comment.

But before many coup opponents congregated, about 1,000 supporters of the military turned up for a rally in the city centre.

United Nations special envoy on Myanmar Christine Schraner Burgener pushed the world body for a collective "clear signal in support of democracy" and told the General Assembly no country should recognize or legitimize the junta.

China's ambassador to the U.N., Zhang Jun, repeated his country's stance that the current events in Myanmar are "internal affairs".

Protesters are demanding an end to the military's rule and want Ms Suu Kyi released, along with senior members of her National League for Democracy (NLD) party.

A lawyer acting for Suu Kyi, Khin Maung Zaw, told Reuters he had also heard from NLD officials that she had been moved from her home in the capital, Naypyitaw, but could not confirm it. Authorities did not respond to a request for comment.

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"It's very important to get her signed power of attorney before the hearing starts on March 1 because we won't be allowed to act as her defence counsels if we can not file (it)", Khing Maung Zaw said.

They scattered into side streets and buildings as police advanced, firing tear gas, setting off stun grenades and shooting guns into the air.

At least two media workers were among those detained in Yangon, witnesses said.

Similar scenes played out in the second city of Mandalay and other towns, witnesses and media said.

Riot police in Myanmar on Friday dispersed hundreds of anti-coup protesters who have rallied daily in the country's largest city against a junta that toppled civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

A man sits in protest against the military coup as riot police stand in formation on a road in a residential area. The army says a policeman was also killed.

The violence came after Myanmar's U.N. envoy urged the United Nations to use "any means necessary" to stop the February 1 coup.

Suu Kyi, 75, spent almost 15 years under house arrest during military rule.

The Nobel laureate faces two charges for having unregistered walkie-talkies in her residence and for breaking coronavirus rules.

A vote is not expected until after a one-year state of emergency the military imposed when it seized power.

Marsudi's efforts came as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Myanmar's junta to ease tensions. Indonesia has taken the lead, but coup opponents fear the efforts could legitimize the junta.

Britain yesterday announced further sanctions on six generals - including Gen Min Aung Hlaing - to send "a clear message. that those responsible for human rights violations will be held to account", said Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.

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