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Myanmar’s representative to UN urges strong action against military after increasing violence against protesters

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A representative to the UN for Myanmar is urging the “strongest action to be used against the military after it has used increasing amounts of violence against anti‐coup protesters. The latest round in violence occurred as riot police violently broke up peaceful protesters, arresting over 100 people in 3 major Myanmar cities.

Kyaw Moe Tun made the appeal to the UN General Assembly in New York asking for the international community to end the junta’s rule in his country, while displaying the 3 finger salute that has been adopted from the Hunger Games as a symbol of resistance from anti‐coup supporters.

“We need… the strongest possible action from the international community to immediately end the military coup, to stop oppressing the innocent people, to return the state power to the people, and to restore the democracy.”

Former UN ambassador for the US, Samantha Power, also tweeted her support for the movement.

“It’s impossible to overstate the risks that #Myanmar UN ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun just took in the UN General Assembly.”

UN envoy to Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener, also agreed saying the use of lethal force against protesters was “unacceptable.”

So far, at least 5 people have been killed since the overthrow, which has seen police open fire on protesters. Thandar Cho, a street food vendor, says she saw police point their guns in a threatening manner towards apartments during the rallies.

“They beat young protesters with rods and cursed them while doing it.”

A Japanese journalist, Yuki Kitazumi, was also allegedly arrested according to a Facebook post by his assistant, Linn Nyan Htun, during the crackdown.

He “was beaten on the head by baton but he was wearing a helmet.”

The military has justified the coup by alleging that the 2020 November democratic elections, which saw Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy elected by landslide, were fraudulent.

Suu Kyi was arrested, along with other leaders, and is now facing 2 charges of illegally posessing walkie-talkies in her home and for breaking Covid-19 rules. But her lawyer, Khing Maung Zaw, is concerned as he has still not made contact with her, saying it is dire to get her permission for him to represent her in court.

“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 cannot file (it).”

“Then Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will be rid of her right of fair trial without a legal counsel.”

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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  1. EdwardV

    Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 7:08 pm

    What does “strongest action” from the UN mean? The UN doesn’t have any power and they certainly can’t do anything with China more than willing to veto. Wish that weren’t the case but I see no action coming out of the UN.

  2. Tony Grace

    Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 2:16 am

    If they are waiting the U.N. to make a decision there country will be run by a milarty dictatorship The U.N. is and old boys club who are left alone by the Soper Powers like the USA .China . Russia Uk. So that they can prolong any involvement which don’t suit there agenda.

  3. James Pate

    Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 5:10 am

    So, I guess this guy will be looking for a new job on Monday?

  4. Issan John

    Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 10:26 am

    No, James P, he’s already looking for a new job – Sunday morning! 😮

  5. James Pate

    Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 12:05 pm

    Maybe he has a few sick days and leave time coming to him for 2021. Maybe he has a new gig at a university or think tank already. Anyways, good luck to the dude. Notice he was described as a “representative” and not the Ambassador.

  6. Issan John

    Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 2:10 pm

    Both are correct as he was the “Permanent Representative/Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar to the United Nations”.

    Probably one of the lucky ones as he’ll doubtless qualify for refugee status, etc. As you say, good luck to him.

  7. Buttaxe

    Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 4:13 pm

    Sure, nothing would be sweeter than seeing these military jerks strung up. BUT gotta love Westerners finding their backbone expressing their horror and indignation at Myanmar but are mute when the US and its vassals are the ones committing the atrocities: SYRIA, Palestine, Yemen, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Venezuela, Ukraine and that’s just the 2000s.

  8. Anna

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 6:05 am

    UN one of the most corrupt organisations in the world, and we are supposed to ask them for help? The irony….

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