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Top Buddhist organisation in Myanmar stops activities to protest military violence



Myanmar’s top Buddhist organisation is condemning the use of violence by the military against protesters by stopping its regular activities in an apparent protest. The association, named The State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee,  accused an “armed minority” of torture and killing innocent civilians in an apparent break with authorities.

According to Thai PBS World, Mahana members could not immediately be reached for comment, but their reported announcement indicates a significant break from authorities, in which the group historically worked closely with the government.

Myanmar’s military is reportedly unfazed by looming sanctions, with generals saying they are ready to withstand being isolated by the international world. UN special envoy on Myanmar Christine Schraner Burgener says at least 38 more people have been killed as of today with thousands fleeing an industrial suburb of Yangon after 40 people were killed there on last Sunday. Residents also report that several factories were set on fire. The junta responded when asked about the looming sanctions by saying:

“We are used to sanctions, and we survived. We have to learn to walk with only few friends.”

With over 100 people thought to be dead in Myanmar since the military took power last month, the Royal Thai Army is planning to set up temporary camps for Burmese nationals fleeing the neighbouring country to escape political violence. Refugee camps will be set up in Ranong and Chumphon which border Myanmar’s southern-most region.

Meanwhile, the UN says casualties are dramatically increasing with witnesses on the ground saying security forces are allegedly using tear gas, rubber bullets and live rounds against protesters in near-daily crackdowns across the country. The UN also has reported that women and children are among the victims who have been killed.

The news corroborates a statement made by the UN’s top expert on rights in Myanmar, Thomas Andrews, who says the Myanmar military is likely committing crimes against humanity.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World


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  1. John_2

    Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 4:40 pm


  2. B.T.

    Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 6:34 pm

    What friends this terrorist might have? There is only one …

  3. toby andrews

    Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 9:43 pm

    The trick is to go after the families of the wrong one.
    If the wrong-dooer police is out of reach, refuse to give his mother, sisters, brothers, wives, grandmothers any Buddhist blessing, and refuse to bury these families dead.
    Women associated with criminals do not care as long as it does not effect them.
    If bank robber’s wives were locked up when their darling generous husband went down, there will be less bank robbers.

  4. Issan John

    Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 2:47 pm


    I detest military juntas and dictatorships as much as anyone, John_2, probably more than most, but in this case I can hardly blame them for seizing Soros’ assets.

    The “foundation” withdrew 1.5 million dollars in cash from the accounts a week after the coup – that’s hardly likely to be used to pay for human rights lawyers.

  5. Issan John

    Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 3:06 pm

    “The trick is to go after the families of the wrong one.”

    Collective punishment is banned under International Human Rights Law, Toby. Two wrongs do not make a right.

  6. toby andrews

    Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 5:03 pm

    Yes but this is Burma. Human rights do not apply there . . .

  7. Hippa

    Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 6:48 pm

    Should Ameriica intervene by go to war with Mynamar to end this brutality killing innocent people. Take action now

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