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Sorry, not sorry: Myanmar’s military says it’s sad about killings, but won’t stop crackdown

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Myanmar’s military says it’s sad about those killed during the anti-coup protests, but is not stopping its crackdown. The military says it will continue to stamp out, what it says, is anarchy, despite international condemnation and sanctions.

Over 260 people have been killed since the February 1 coup, with the UN saying that number includes women and children. But, junta spokesman Zaw Min Tun, disputes that number, saying only 164 people have died in a sorry, but not sorry statement.

“I am sad because these violent terrorist people who died are our nationals.”

The “violent terrorists” that he is referring to, include those anti-coup protesters, who are demanding the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of the National League for Democracy. Suu Kyi’s party won in a landslide victory last November when Myanmar held democratic elections. But the junta claims the results were fraudulent and staged a coup leading to a militarial takeover of the country that has struggled with democracy for decades.

Violent crackdowns, media censorship, and arrests have sparked the UN to claim that the junta is likely committing crimes against humanity. But the military seems unfazed as top leaders say they are willing to be isolated to obtain their goal.

Just this week, the EU and US have issued sanctions against 11 Myanmar officials, which include freezing assets and imposing travel bans. But Zaw Min Tun is continuing to defend security forces by saying they were up against “insurgents holding weapons” which have killed 5 police and 4 soldiers.

“We have to crack down on the anarchy. Which countries in the world accept anarchy?”

Last week, the junta imposed martial law in 6 of Yangon’s townships, putting 2 million people under the direct control of military commanders. Now, the Australian embassy has warned its citizens to prepare to “shelter in place” with essential supplies, while Britain has advised its citizens to flee.

Locally, Thailand is bracing for a possible flooding of immigrants seeking refuge, with the Royal Thai Police saying they are temporarily setting up camps to deal with the upcoming situation.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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    B.T.

    Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 7:59 pm

    The army and police become terrorist organizations.Same history like before.The people need weapons to fight for the future no more terrorist and corruptions.The military like parasite….

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    J West

    Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 10:29 pm

    Really well organized and financed protest….matching costumes, matching shoes, matching hats, high end communication gear. Tactics and PR are coordinated and first rate. Is there an invisible hand behind the manufacture of glossy signs and banners in English? I’ve seen a few color revolutions, this looks like one of those.

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    toby andrews

    Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    “Insurgents holding weapons.”
    What do they expect. They have abolished democracy and established a dictatorship.
    There are plenty of insurgents in Burma, and this is their time to wipe out the tyrants.
    Killed 5 police and 4 soldiers.
    How many protesters have the tyrants killed?
    I hope the Thai protestors are watching . . .

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    James R

    Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 1:13 am

    Yet Thailand, ASIEN sit by and do nothing.

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    Ben

    Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 7:05 am

    This is really a terrible position for the people of Myanmar. For 10 years they started to taste a bit of freedom and now it’s being taken away.

    And the military dictatorship’s plan is to go back to pre-2012 which means misery for the people. If only they had some way to uplift the people and give them a chance for a better life. China, Vietnam and even Cambodia are dictatorships but with economic benefits or possibilities. This is more like a North Korea.

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    Ian v5.00121

    Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 7:29 am

    Army kills loads of Rohingya people, Burmese people said nothing.

    Army kills a few protesters, Burmese people expect a global outcry.

    You are the architects of your own destiny.

    “If you don’t take action now, then you’ll settle for nothing later” – Rage Against the Machine

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    funny coz its true

    Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 9:10 am

    Ben, was that bit of freedom when they watched the army kill loads of the Rohingya people and stood back and did…. fu*k all?

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    J West

    Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 9:19 am

    The military action comes at a time when external forces were successfully pushing a Muslim dominated UN globalist media agenda on Myanmar to allow the partitioning of the country into an expansionist settlement area for the exploding Bangladeshi Muslim population disguised as refugees . No one should be surprised that Myanmar is desperately fighting back to maintain its sovereignty. Question why Malaysia and Indonesia will not accept responsibility either. No coincidence that Bangladesh is now relocating its citizens to islands within its authority. The same external forces are at work in Thailand’s southern provinces, remain vigilant.

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    Issan John

    Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 12:57 pm

    I’m not doubting the protesters’ sincerity at all but as you say, J West, it’s all a bit staged and co-ordinated.

    I don’t agree that there’s an “invisible hand” “behind” it, but I think there’s one which is undoubtedly taking advantage of it, hijacking a genuine protest, and that’s not going to do the Burmese any favours at all.

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    toby andrews

    Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 1:36 pm

    They really made a mistake becoming independent from the British after the war.
    They would have had council flats, family allowance, social security, they would never had to work again.
    Instead they have tear gas and rubber bullets.
    Tragic.

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