The United Nations’ envoy for Myanmar on Sunday strongly condemned persevering with bloodshed after not less than 18 protesters have been killed in one of many deadliest days because the nation’s February 1 coup.
“The worldwide neighborhood, together with regional actors, should come collectively in solidarity with the individuals of Myanmar and their democratic aspirations,” Christine Schraner Burgener mentioned in an announcement.
She mentioned the Myanmar navy was defying worldwide requires restraint, including she had heard “heartbreaking accounts of killings, mistreatment of demonstrators and torture of prisoners” from contacts contained in the Southeast Asian nation.
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“The continuing brutality, together with in opposition to medical personnel and destruction of public infrastructure, severely undermines any prospects for peace and stability,” she mentioned.
Myanmar’s junta late Sunday imposed martial regulation in two densely populated Yangon townships.
Greater than 80 individuals have been killed in mass protests because the navy wrenched civilian chief Aung San Suu Kyi from energy – a toll anticipated to rise dramatically after Sunday’s violence.
The junta has repeatedly justified its energy seize by alleging widespread electoral fraud in November’s elections, which Suu Kyi’s Nationwide League for Democracy celebration received by a landslide.
Troopers and police have in latest weeks been staging near-daily crackdowns in opposition to demonstrators calling for a return to democracy – deploying tear gasoline and firing rubber bullets and stay rounds to quell anti-coup protests.
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