UN warns Myanmar against harsh response to protesters
Published: 11:51 AM, 16 February 2021 Updated: 11:57 AM, 16 February 2021
A soldier looks at a banner attached to a military vehicle outside Myanmar’s Central Bank during a protest against the military coup, in Yangon, Myanmar, Feb 15, 2021; Photo: Reuters
The United Nations (UN) special envoy has warned Myanmar’s army of “severe consequences” for its harsh response to protesters demonstrating against the military coup, a UN spokesman said.
Despite the deployment of armored vehicles and soldiers to some major cities, protesters continuing demonstrations to denounce the February 1 takeover and demand the release of detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi and others.
According to Reuters, small crowds gathered in two places in the main city of Yangon today (Tuesday) at a traditional protest site near the main university campus and at the central bank.
Besides, the army shit down the internet for a second consecutive night early on Tuesday though it was again restored at around 9:00 am.
Meanwhile, UN Special Envoy Christine Schraner Burgener spoke on Monday to the deputy head of the junta. “Schraner Burgener has reinforced that the right of peaceful assembly must fully be respected and that demonstrators are not subjected to reprisals,” UN spokesman Farhan Haq said at the United Nations.
“She has conveyed to the Myanmar military that the world is watching closely, and any form of heavy-handed response is likely to have severe consequences,” he added. - Reuters.
In response, deputy head of the junta, Soe Win, said he discussed the administration’s plans and information on “the true situation of what is happening in Myanmar”.
Myanmar’s military seized th country’s power, alleging “fraud” in November’s election that leads to a landslide victory of Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party. The army’s complaints were dismissed by Myanmar’s electoral commission.
A one-year state of emergency was declared in Myanmar after U Win Myint and Aung San Suu Kyi were detained by the military on February 1. The military then demanded the postponement of new parliamentary sessions.