‘Barricaded’ Myanmar protesters depart after tense standoff

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Hundreds of Myanmar protesters “barricaded” inside one district within the metropolis of Yangon have been allowed to depart after an in a single day standoff, which noticed police and different authorities troops violently cracking down on anti-government demonstrations, detaining dozens and reportedly breaking into houses to query residents.

Activists instructed the Reuters information company on Tuesday that a number of protesters had been capable of depart after being trapped by safety forces within the Sanchaung district, whereas social media posts from demonstrators stated they have been capable of slip out within the early morning after police left the world.

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Youth activist Shar Ya Mone instructed Reuters on Tuesday that she had been trapped in a constructing with about 15 to 20 different individuals however had now been capable of go home.

But there have additionally been stories of at the very least 50 individuals within the space being detained with out warrants late on Monday and into Tuesday morning.

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Images posted on social media confirmed people in handcuffs surrounded by police and safety forces in fight uniform.

Reports say safety forces reportedly searched houses and fired weapons and stun grenades as they threatened Sanchaung residents with punishment towards anybody caught giving shelter to the protesters. An evening time curfew has been in place for weeks.

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Earlier, United Nations chief Antonio Guterres referred to as on safety forces to watch “maximum restraint” in coping with the protesters.

“Many of those trapped are women who were peacefully marching in commemoration of International Women’s Day,” Guterres’ spokesman Stephane Dujarric stated on Monday.

According to the UN human rights workplace “police began shooting and making arrests” within the nation’s largest metropolis late on Monday.

The US Embassy in Yangon referred to as on the safety forces “to withdraw and allow people to go home safely.”

The standoff adopted one other day of violence through which two protesters have been killed in Kachin state and one within the Ayeyarwady area simply west of Yangon.

Targeting the media, opposition

The generals have additionally stepped up strain on the media, with safety forces raiding in a single day the Yangon workplaces of the Myanmar Now information company, seizing computer systems and different gear, based on the Mizzima information web site.

Mizzima information additionally confirmed that its licence to publish and broadcast had been revoked by the army governemnt, alongside 4 different unbiased media retailers. It stated it could not be cowed and would proceed to report.

“Mizzima, as an independent media, continues to fight against the military coup and for the restoration of democracy and human rights in Burma/Myanmar,” it stated in an announcement, directing readers to its web site, Facebook pages, Youtube and social media channels.

Myanmar has been in turmoil since a February 1 coup eliminated civilian chief Aung San Suu Kyi and triggered mass protests towards the army.

The police and army have responded with more and more brutal crackdowns on demonstrators, with greater than 50 individuals killed and greater than 1,800 arrested based on the most recent figures from the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, which has been monitoring detentions.

On Tuesday human rights teams referred to as for an investigation into the demise over the weekend of Khin Maung Latt, an official of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD), who died whereas in army custody. His physique reportedly bore extreme wounds to the hand and again indicating doable torture.

Brad Adams, the Asia director at Human Rights Watch referred to as on the generals to “promptly and impartially investigate” the demise, and “hold accountable” those that are accountable.

Adams additionally referred to as on the army authorities to “urgently produce” U Peter, father of one other NLD member. U Peter was “forcibly disappeared” on March 7, “beaten and dragged away” allegedly by safety forces.

2021 03 08T091930Z 1715496154 RC2X6M94UGNA RTRMADP 3 MYANMAR POLITICSDemonstrators run from police, engulfed in clouds of  tear gasoline and hearth extinguisher gasoline, throughout a protest towards the army coup in Yangon on Monday [Stringer/Reuters]

“The Myanmar junta’s increasingly bloody crackdown needs to be met with a serious and united international response,” Adams stated, urging chosen sanctions towards army leaders and their corporations.

Dujarric, the UN spokesman, in the meantime urged the generals “to respect the rights of freedom of assembly and expression” of protesters.

He additionally reported that the secretary-general had obtained a letter from a “special envoy” to the UN, appointed by a committee representing Myanmar’s parliament, which was compelled underground following the coup.

“As far as I know we’ve not had any contact,” with the person, Dujarric stated. “But we’ll continue calling people who may have contact with him.”

Total arms embargo

The envoy, who goes solely by the title Dr Sasa, requested Guterres within the letter, which was obtained by the AFP information company, to name on the Security Council “to help protect the people of Myanmar from further human rights violations.”

He additionally requested for “robust, targeted sanctions – not only on military leaders but on military enterprises and assets”.

The letter, dated March 4, referred to as for “a total arms embargo against the military, to ensure that more weapons do not get into areas already suffering military offensives”.

Dujarric stated that UN officers, together with its particular envoy on Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener, “have been in contact with elected parliamentarians as part of ongoing contacts with key stakeholders.”

Meanwhile, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab praised Myanmar’s ambassador to London who on Monday referred to as for the discharge of Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint, each of whom have been detained within the coup.

“I commend the courage and patriotism of Myanmar Ambassador Kyaw Zwar Minn in calling for Aung Sung Suu Kyi and President U Win Myint to be released and for the results of the 2020 election to be respected,” Raab stated in an announcement.

“The military regime must end their brutal crackdown, and restore democracy.”


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