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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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