US urges Myanmar junta to yield power after protester death
Published: 12:27 PM, 20 February 2021
The protesters unfurled a massive banner of artwork; Photo: AFP
The United States President Biden’s administration has urged the leaders of Myanmar’s junta regime to refrain from violence and relinquish power, after the death of an anti-coup protester that sparked new anger against the military leaders.
As the country has been in an uproar since the military deposed civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi on February 1, large street demonstrations have been seeing in both urban centers and isolated villages. However, the security forces have responded with increasing force, deploying troops against peaceful rallies and firing tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has held talks with allied countries as a condemnation of the violence to press for a firm international response.
We reiterate our calls on the Burmese military to refrain from violence against peaceful protesters, spokesman Ned Price told reporters on Friday. “We will work with partners and allies to press the Burmese military to reverse its actions.”
Meanwhile, a doctor in Naypyidaw on Friday announced the first confirmed death in the protests.
The deceased was identified as Mya Thwate Thwate Khaing, 20, was shot in the head during a demonstration in the capital last week.
Since then, she has become the “symbol of resistance” for protesters, who have hoisted her photos high in demonstrations and even unfurled a massive banner of artwork from a bridge showing the moment she was shot.
“We will regard you as our Martyr,” said one social media tribute to the young grocery store worker. “We will bring justice for your loss.
“Please all join this protest movement to be more successful. That’s all I want to say,” her sister Poh Poh told reporters on Friday