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Martial law declared in Yangon in deadliest day since junta power grab

Maya Taylor

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The Burmese military has imposed martial law in the townships of Hlaing Tharyar and Shwepyitha in Yangon, following a bloody crackdown in which at least 18 protesters died. Around 100 people are now thought to have died since the army deposed of leader Aung San Suu Kyi, claiming the landslide election victory of her National League for Democracy party was the result of fraud. Many say the actual death toll is much higher.

The deprived townships of Hlaing Tharyar and Shwepyitha, now under martial law, are both home to garment factories and have seen regular crackdowns against citizens protesting the military coup. The Bangkok Post reports that Hlaing Tharyar has seen violent clashes between local police and the military, with protesters using modified trash cans as shields as they tried to rescue wounded demonstrators. Prior to the outbreak of violence, a video allegedly uploaded by a Hlaing Tharyar police officer appeared on TikTok and warned of security forces arriving in the township with heavy weaponry.

“I will not have mercy on Hlaing Tharyar and they will fight back seriously too because there are all kinds of characters there. We should not have mercy on them.”

The United Nations envoy Christine Schraner Burgener has condemned the violence, referring to, “heart-breaking accounts of killings, mistreatment of demonstrators and torture of prisoners”, according to the report in the Bangkok Post.

Britain too has spoken out against the use of violence against protesters, with ambassador Dan Chugg calling for an end to the use of force and for the military to return power to those elected.

Despite the violence, many of the protesters remain defiant, with 21 year old Ma Khine Lay promising to fight through her fear.

“I’ve seen the fallen heroes give their lives. I will fight until the end.”

Meanwhile, a number of elected MPs have formed a group called the Committee for Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (referring to the country’s governing bloc). Their acting vice president, Mahn Win Khaing Than from the NLD, now thought be under house arrest, has called for people to continue protesting.

“This is the darkest moment of the nation and the light before the dawn is close. The uprising must win.”

The military has responded by saying the formation of the group constitutes high treason, which carries a maximum jail sentence of 22 years.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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    lou

    Monday, March 15, 2021 at 2:54 pm

    put all those army responsible in LA HAYE court immediately for crimes against humanity, no time to wait, need warrants to arrest them all when ever possible and spend their life in prisons.
    Or send drones to wash out that cancer for the humanity

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    Baroness

    Monday, March 15, 2021 at 11:28 pm

    Agree but remember this military junta is under protection of the CCP. China has many assets in Myanmar and they have already asked the junta to protect these assets.
    Who is willing to fight for the Burmese?

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    Roger Bruce

    Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 10:31 am

    So what is the next Ethnic cleansing

    Please it is not they are Burmese that need help they normal living human being

    Being treated like the Jews in Nazi Germany…I would welcome the West to unite to destroy this Military scum and show the world we still care about humanity
    Then set their sites in Thailand and Cambodia free the people of the Asian World
    Let China be they will destroy themselves in time
    People can not live like that forever China leaders one day will pay
    Want the rest of the world in play …Start to destroy the Chinese assets in Burma then China will respond by force and bring the rest of the world down on its heads

    Good Luck Thailand

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