UN disturbed on deaths increment, condemns crackdown in Myanmar

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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The United Nations (UN) is deeply disturbed by the increase in deaths and serious injuries, while strongly condemned the violent crackdown in Myanmar.

UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres who expressed sadness over the incident on Sunday, said the use of lethal force against peaceful protestors and arbitrary arrests are unacceptable. He urged the international community to come together and send a clear signal to the military to respect the will of the people of Myanmar as expressed through the election and stop the repression.

The Feb. 1 military coup reversed years of slow progress toward democracy after five decades of military rule. Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party would have been installed for a second five-year term in office, but the army blocked Parliament from convening and detained her and President Win Myint, as well as other top members of Suu Kyi’s government.

On Sunday morning, medical students marched in Yangon near the Hledan Center intersection, which has become the gathering point for protesters who then fan out to other parts of the city. Videos and photos showed protesters running as police charged at them, and residents setting up makeshift roadblocks to slow their advance. Some protesters managed to throw tear gas canisters back at police.

Nearby, residents were pleading with police to release those they picked up from the street and shoved into police trucks to be taken away. Dozens or more were believed to be detained.

According to the Assistance Association of Political Prisoners, as of Saturday, 854 people had been arrested, charged or sentenced at one point in relation to the coup, and 771 were being detained or sought for arrest.
The group said that while it had documented 75 new arrests, it understood that hundreds of other people were also picked up Saturday in Yangon and elsewhere.

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