Facebook takes down main page of Myanmar military

Brunilde Fioravanti
Febbraio 22, 2021

A funeral auto heads to a graveyard in the suburbs of Naypyitaw, Myanmar, on February 21, 2021, carrying the coffin of a young woman who was killed after riot police opened fire on anti-coup protesters in the capital on February 9.

Thousands of demonstrators have gathered in towns across Myanmar once again, undeterred by the bloodiest episode of their anti-coup campaign that saw two people killed by security personnel city a day earlier. Many people were wounded.

Pictures taken by local media show troops on the scene dressed in camouflage with arm badges emblazoned with "33".

According to a Reuters special report, the infantry division is among two units that took a leading role in the 2017 conflict that prompted 700,000 Rohingya to flee Myanmar following the troops' clearance operation in western Myanmar. Many of them claimed arbitrary arrests, arson and killing by the soldiers.

Following the Mandalay shootings, Andrews condemned "a risky escalation by the junta in what appears to be a war against the people of Myanmar".

Police responded with tear gas and gun fire. "This madness must end, now", he said on Twitter.

She is the first confirmed death from the anti-coup movement since the military seized power on Feb 1.

Some 500 police and soldiers descended on the area near Yadanabon dock after dock workers joined the national civil disobedience movement, refusing to work until the military junta that seized power in a February 1 coup reinstates the democratically elected government. With ineffective sanctions and China's silence, expect military leaders to continue ignoring worldwide condemnations in the short-to-medium term.

The Myanmar military is known as the Tatmadaw.

"We can't accept the police crackdowns because these are undisciplined, beyond our laws", said protester Win Zaw, 46. "We will consider further action, with our global partners, against those crushing democracy and choking dissent".

The UK said on Thursday said it had imposed asset freezes and travel bans on three generals in Myanmar's military regime in response to human rights violations.

The army says one policeman died of injuries sustained in a protest.

France has joined world powers in denouncing the Myanmar security forces' violent suppression of peaceful demonstrators, as two more were killed on Saturday.

The bloc's Foreign Affairs Council is to discuss the latest events in Myanmar on Monday and "take appropriate decisions", Borrell said.

Mass anti-coup demonstrations, meanwhile, continued across Myanmar on Sunday, with Yin Nyein Hmway at the Yangon protest vowing that "the number of people will increase today and we won't stop".

A small group of protesters was forcefully dispersed by police and military wielding batons in the northern city of Myitkyina on Friday, according to witnesses and video posted online.

The bloc's foreign policy chief Josep Borrell urged security forces to "immediately stop violence against civilians" on Saturday after the violence in Mandalay.

The demonstrators are demanding the restoration of the elected government, the release of Suu Kyi and others and the scrapping of a 2008 constitution, drawn up under military supervision, that gives the army a major role in politics.

Sunday's Foreign Ministry statement reiterated the junta's stance that the takeover was constitutional and said remarks by some embassies and foreign countries "are tantamount to flagrant interference in internal affairs of Myanmar". UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said lethal force was unacceptable.

The measures should block the direct and indirect supply, sale, or transfer of all weapons, munitions, and other military-related equipment, including dual-use goods such as vehicles, communications, and surveillance equipment, as well as the provision of training, intelligence, and other military assistance, HRW said.

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