Guterres lambasts violent crackdown on anti-coup protesters in Myanmar

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United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, has condemned the violent crackdown against anti-coup protesters in Myanmar.

The remark comes after the UN’s Human Rights Office reported that at least 18 people had been killed and over 30 wounded. The security apparatus in the country opened fire and made sweeping arrests as they sought to break up protests demanding the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi be returned to power after their overwhelming victory in last November’s election.

Guterres expressed deep concern by the increased death toll and serious injuries, calling the use of lethal force against peaceful protestors and arbitrary arrests unacceptable.

He urged the international community to come together and send a clear signal to the military that it must respect the will of the people of Myanmar as expressed through the election and stop the repression.

Reports suggest some 1 000 people have been detained in Myanmar on Sunday alone.

After a critical speech directed at the military junta on Friday in the General Assembly, Myanmar’s UN Ambassador – representing the civilian elected government – vowed to fight on after the military ordered him fired for urging other countries to use any means possible to reverse the February 1, 2021, coup.

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