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38 people die “bloodiest day” since Myanmar coup – United Nations

Caitlin Ashworth

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Anti-coup protest in Myanmar on February 14 / Photo by Htin Linn Aye via Wikimedia Commons

38 people died during Myanmar’s anti-coup protests yesterday in what the United Nations is calling the “bloodiest day” in the country since the February 1 military takeover. UN special envoy for Myanmar Christine Schraner Burgener said the death toll is “shocking” and that the situation in the Southeast Asian country could lead to a “real war.”

Since last month’s coup, more than 50 people have died while many others have been wounded in protests against military rule. Witnesses say police and soldiers have opened fire with little warning. In a virtual briefing, the UN envoy said experts believe the Burmese police are using 9mm sub-machine guns to fire shots at civilians.

“I saw today very disturbing video clips. One was police beating a volunteer medical crew. They were not armed… Another video clip showed a protester was taken away from police and they shot him from very near, maybe one metre. He didn’t resist his arrest and it seems he died on the street.”

Burmese troops seized power of the civilian government last month, citing what they say was a fraudulent election, although the election commission said the vote was fair. A number of civilian politicians were arrested including democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who had won the November election for state counsellor in a landslide.

Christine says more than 1,200 people are now under detention and many do not know where their loved ones are.

SOURCE: UN News | Aljazeera

 

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    Toby Andrews

    Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 3:32 pm

    If some concerned western power would just arm the rebel groups in Burma, who are already at war with the Burmas, such as the Karens, Kachins, and Shans. They would deal with the military government.
    They need mortars, M16s, and grenades.
    My uncle was in Burma during the war. He said the Kachins were very good soldiers.
    It is a pity that the Burmese did not stay with the British after WW2.
    They would have been better off. I read most live a very frugal life now.
    Some could have been living in London Tower Hamlet council flats. on social security, housing benefits, and child benefits. They would have never had to work again!
    Tragic.

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    Roger Bruce

    Friday, March 5, 2021 at 2:16 pm

    It is all on the cards that this will soon be the case In Thailand also
    People can only take so much
    I feel many Western countries would love to help overthrow all military rule
    However, fear of China will prevent this ever happening
    So it is up to the people to get freedom …but sadly military has too much power and this will never happen
    Good Luck Thailand

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    Ian

    Friday, March 5, 2021 at 2:55 pm

    Now is the time to step in, come on western governments take them put and don’t stop thier go through Thailand as well 2 for the price of 1

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    Joe

    Friday, March 5, 2021 at 7:33 pm

    by “died” i guess you mean shot and killed ..or indeed executed

    let’s make this clear

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    Uncle Sam

    Sunday, March 7, 2021 at 10:34 pm

    As a “Westerner” who lives in the United States, I find your request for our help pathetic. Every time there’s a skirmish or social/political injustice somewhere in the world and we do step in, we are told we are meddling in other’s affairs or we’ve “gone too far.” Furthermore, our “help” isn’t free…it costs real USD $$$ to pay for said help….and that money has to come from taxpayers like myself who are tired of “helping” the UNGRATEFUL who then turn around and burn our flag. Let’s also not forget that American soldiers may loose their lives “helping” to solve a problem that was never ours to begin with. Freedom isn’t free, it’s paid for in blood and the United States freedom debt has been paid in FULL.
    I don’t mind helping others in their time of need, however, the rest of the world needs to stop relying on the United States to act as their big brother and solve all their problems. Citizens and their governments from the rest of the world need to start helping out too.
    I feel for the people of Myanmar and I hope their situation is quickly resolved without any more bloodshed…

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    J West

    Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 11:49 am

    Agreed. There is also the frustrated rage of the pro-Muslim expansionist bloc in UN circles pushing hard against Myanmar nationhood and the forced acceptance of millions of illegal Bangladeshi Muslims disguised as “refugee’s”. The military put a stop to any further UN-Islamic aspirations of the land grab and extension of “the caliphate”. What happens along the Texas border with Democrats pushing for illegal voter immigration is exactly what was happening in Rakhine State. I see the tactics being carried out in the streets of Yangon as exactly practiced and organized by the leftists in the USA and the Color Revolutions in East Europe….organized and funded by the UN Globalist Cabal.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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