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After increasing violence in Myanmar, Britain is now advising its citizens to get out of the country virtually at the same time an UN expert is saying that the military is likely committing “crimes against humanity.”

Military authorities are allegedly resorting to murdering protesters, even targetting rescue workers in the process. UN expert, Thomas Andrews, says at least 70 people have been killed since the protests started after the military regime took over the nation in a coup, claiming that last November’s democratic elections were fraudulent.

Britain, the country’s former colonial ruler, is warning that “political tension and unrest are widespread since the military takeover and levels of violence are rising.”

The country is “controlled by a murderous, illegal regime” that was likely committing “crimes against humanity.”

He went on to say that the crimes likely include “acts of murder, enforced disappearance, persecution, torture” carried out with “the knowledge of senior leadership.”

He says that there is clear evidence that the junta’s crimes were “widespread” and part of a “coordinated campaign” but stresses that only the court of law can determine such offences. His statements echo the UN as they recently condemned the Myanmar military, which has allegedly arrested over 2,000 people in connection to the anti-coup protests.

Thursday saw at least 9 protesters killed in different parts of the country, some even being shot in the head, with 1 rescue worker stating that he couldn’t even pick up a 30 year old’s deceased body over fears of being hurt.

Even more disturbing is the number of organisations that are zoning in on the revelations being made by the UN. An Amnesty International report has accused the military of using “battlefield weapons” on unarmed protesters and carrying out premeditated murders. The group says the use of firearms, which include sniper guns and semi-automatic rifles, against the protesters “completely inappropriate for use in policing protests.”

The military has defended its takeover by alleging that last year’s democratic elections were fraudulent, but didn’t give any evidence. The coup on February 1 saw nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, detained and facing criminal charges of owning unlicensed walkie-talkies and violating coronavirus restrictions by staging a campaign event in 2020. Other members of her National League for Democracy group, which won the elections in a landslide, have been detained as well.

Now, the junta spokesman Zaw Min Tun, is accusing Suu Kyi of corruption by saying that she accepted US $600,000 illegally along with more than 11 kilogrammes of gold from the detained Chief Minister of Rangoon.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    Donald

    Friday, March 12, 2021 at 10:42 pm

    If one stops to reflect a moment on what the armies worldwide are engaging in, then one comes to the conclusion that armies are not defending their respective countries from foreign aggression. Take the example of the US, the UK, France, Spain and a large etc. They have been waging wars of aggression on countries that never ever posed a military threat to them. Instead the armies are used to control the population and prevent real democracy from flourishing. Whether South America, Asia, the Middle East where many countries have their armies waging war on their own people. The same in Thailand or now more visible Myanmar.

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    TC

    Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 6:43 am

    Once again we see incompetence from the UK! Have the muppets running the place just realized a Military Junta, unelected, has forcibly taken control of the country. This is a military which just like the CCP, has been committing genocide.
    The UK of today would no doubt have also sat and watched Hitler rise and commit atrocities across Europe whilst “talking” about it. Why do we learn nothing from history? As a civilization extinction is starting to look like a good solution. With organizations like the UN and WHO polluting the world with their very existence you have to worry for the poor general populas of Myanmar.

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    Steve

    Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 12:18 pm

    United Nations and uncle tom cobbly and all have no effecy in 2022 wake up

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    Stardust

    Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 2:23 pm

    All Junta governments came by a coup and are illegal governments. They take legal governments with guns, they are just criminal gangsters who should be behind bars like other criminals and murders

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    toby andrews

    Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 11:06 pm

    They need a Castro style revolution in Burma. Nothing else will be enough.
    How long will it be before the UK foreign office will be advising UK citizens to leave Thailand?

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    James R

    Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 1:35 am

    TC

    If Myanmar wants to sort their problems out then we will not stand in their way, it is not up to us the UK to sort our their country as you seem to suggest above.

    Did we get help from other countries when we were losing so many people to the virus?

    No we sorted all of that out ourselves, even researching and producing out own vaccine which we and many other millions of people around the world will benefit from.

    We do not care what happens to other counties if it does not affect us, the same approach most other counties in the world take.

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    TC

    Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 5:41 am

    James.
    I rest my case. Today you would sit and watch Hitler commit the same atrosities he committed before!! Really.
    No countries got “help” during Covid. Most just fk’d it up all by themselves.
    If u read my first post my surprise was it has taken the UK this long to issue a warning.
    It is the UN I expect positive action from other than whinging. Just like crying because “no one helped us with Covid”. The UN collects 100’s of millions of all our countries to do what? Other than spreading leftist propaganda they do squat. That is why Trump stopped contributing. And rightly so.

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    Mr cynic

    Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 6:54 am

    The british government are responsible for numerous attrocities against the people of Myanmar from imperial times.
    They are hardly the best people to be making statements about human rights abuses by the government of this country.nobodody wanted them in charge or liked them much either!

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    James R

    Monday, March 15, 2021 at 12:04 am

    TC

    No, if there was a Hitler type person threatening us we would be the first to do something about it as we did back in 1939 while the rest of Europe got the white flags out and gave up.

    We have also sorted out our own virus problem while suppling other courts with the vaccines we developed and are now manufacturing by the millions.

    But we do not care what happens half way around the world, but if you think something needs doing you can go to any county you wish to help them with their struggle instead of hiding behind you computer insulting other counties at will.

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    Issan John

    Monday, March 15, 2021 at 8:53 am

    Thank God people like James R with their “I’m all right, Jack, me first” attitude still only represent a monority anywhere, albeit sadly a growing one.

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PHOTO: Chadchard Sittipunt currently leads in Bangkok governor polls

Independent candidates are trending in polls for the Bangkok governor election later this year, with undecided voters leaning independent. Undecided voters have grown to nearly 1/3 of all voters up from just under 30% in March, possibly due to voters being tired of political polarisation. The exact date of the election has not been announced yet but independent candidates have jumped into the race before the major party candidates. Three have announced so far, former senator and rights activist Rossana Tositrakul, former national Police Chief Pol General Chakthip Chaijinda and former transport minister Chadchart Sittipunt. Though many are still undecided, Chadchart seems to be the early favourite pulling 25% support in a recent poll while Chakthip earned just 12%, a lead that seems to be widening.

Bangkok voters traditionally did not vote independent, but rather along party lines, though they are known to decide last minute basing their choice on immediate factors. Surveys show that voters tend to make their decisions less than 5 days before elections normally. In the last election for governor in 2013, Sukhumbhand Paribatra performed badly in polls and yet won in the last minute vote after accusations that his opponent had plans to nominate red-shirt leaders.

Political analysts were not shocked with Chadchart’s dominance in the polls, but are also unconvinced that he can maintain his lead when the major party candidates enter the Bangkok governor election cycle. They believe that candidates from Kao Klai Party or the Progressive Movement, both splinters from the Future Forward Party, would offer formidable opposition. The Future Forward Party sprung to the spotlight in 2019, gaining 6 million votes in the country, 800,000 of which were from Bangkok, making it the third-largest party. There is a rumour that Parit “Itim” Wacharasindhu, the co-founder of the Progressive Constitution Group, might run under one of these two parties. His pro-democracy leanings may pull a lot of voters away from Chadchart.

The poll in March showed that 66% of Bangkok voters favoured independent candidates now and are leaning away from major party affiliations. The results are thought to indicate Bangkok residents’ frustration in extremely polarized political parties. Elections began 4 months ago in provinces, aside from Bangkok and Pattaya, considered special administrative zones.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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London’s anti-coup Burmese Ambassador locked from embassy

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Kyaw Zwar Minn, Burmese Ambassador to the United Kingdom in 2013.

In London, the Myanmar Ambassador has been tossed from his own embassy, locked out because of his stance against the military junta in his country. The lockout occurred as a result of Kyaw Zwar Minn’s breaking ranks with the Burmese military leadership and calling for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, the civilian leader who was jailed when the military coup overran the country. Military leaders inside the London embassy are believed to be responsible for locking Ambassador Kyaw out of the embassy. The Burmese Ambassador had previously drawn praise by British foreign minister Dominic Raab for his courage in standing against the military coup, calling for the release of Suu Kyi and the elected President Win Myint and standing for pro-democracy causes. The United Kingdom have sanctioned the Burmese military and some of its business interests in response to the military coup and the crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, calling for a return of democratic rule to the conflicted country.

Speaking outside the embassy where police were waiting and guarding watchfully, Kyaw spoke with protesters saying he’d been locked out of his own building and that he was waiting to go back inside. He says he has been in touch with Britain’s foreign ministry about the situation, but no action or formal statements have been made yet. He referred to it as a coup in the middle of London, referring to the fact that his building was now occupied by military leaders inside. It is believed that deputy ambassador Chit Win has taken control of the embassy with a military attaché and locked the building to their own diplomat.

The British foreign office has not commented yet on the incident, but the police did release a statement saying they’re aware of the protest going on regarding the Burmese Ambassador and that police are present and watching but have not made any arrests or taken any action at this time.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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Taiwan officials say they are ready to duke it out if China decides to take its military activities a step further. The announcement, made by its foreign minister, comes after China has stepped up its aircraft carrier drills near the island along with other military activities in the past few months.

“From my limited understanding of American decision makers watching developments in this region, they clearly see the danger of the possibility of China launching an attack against Taiwan. We are willing to defend ourselves without any questions and we will fight the war if we need to fight the war. And if we need to defend ourselves to the very last day we will defend ourselves to the very last day.”

Washington, Taiwan’s most important international ally has been pushing for Taiwan to modernise its military and spend more on defence in order to make it harder for China to successfully attack the island.

“The defence of Taiwan is our responsibility. We will try every way we can to improve our defence capability.”

Taiwan’s Defence Ministry said they will run 8 days of computer-aided war games this month which would simulate a Chinese attack on Taiwan. The Han Kuang exercises are the island nation’s largest annual war games. The next phase of the games will include live firing drills, according to general Liu Yu-Ping.

“The drills are designed based on the toughest enemy threats, simulating all possible scenarios on an enemy invasion on Taiwan.”

Taiwan has not indicated if the Chinese carrier group is planning to go to the South China Sea, which is a disputed territory where a US carrier group is operating. But deputy defence minister Chang Che-ping says Taiwan is closely monitoring the carrier’s movements, saying that, for now, it seems the carrier is just doing routine drills.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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