Tuesday, 26 October, 2021


Myanmar coup: Neighborhood groups block night arrests

Myanmar Sanctions Should Target Coup Leaders, Not People: UN 'The world is watching': Myanmar under pressure at UN as anti-coup protests rage
Patty Aguilar | 14 February, 2021, 07:12

Another protester who took part in an anti-coup demonstration in front of the Russian embassy in Yangon on Friday told The Irrawaddy, "We want them to hear our voices, therefore we have been marching to different embassies and the UN Office in Yangon". They marched despite an order banning gatherings of five or more people.

On Thursday, President Biden called for a return to democracy in Myanmar, and said the US would impose sanctions against the military leaders engaged in the coup.

Demonstrations also resumed in Myanmar's second-biggest city, Mandalay, with lawyers making up one large contingent. It called for the release of detained persons including State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint.

"We will not return to work until the civilian government of "Mother Suu" Kyi is restored".

Supporters of Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) welcomed the USA sanctions but said tougher action was needed to push the military out of power and force it to recognize the NLD's landslide victory in November elections. A spokesman said the country "strongly hopes that the government, democratically elected by the people of Myanmar, will be swiftly reinstated".

The number of coup-linked detentions is now more than 200, according to monitor Assistance Association for Political Prisoners.

There have been many reports over the past three nights of raids during a curfew in which security personnel have tried to seize people from their homes. This approach would have the added benefit of signaling to others watching around the world how exactly the Biden administration plans to protect freedom and human rights.

Internet memes captioned "Our nights aren't safe anymore" and "Myanmar military is kidnapping people at night" have circulated widely on social media.

Officers cleared a sit-in protest in the port city of Mawlamyine on Friday with rubber bullets, injuring several demonstrators.

"Our Ambassador and Professor Turnell discussed his health, welfare and the conditions in which he is being detained", Senator Payne said in an emailed statement on Thursday. They are sought under Article 505 (b) of the Penal Code, which criminalizes speech that can incite public panic or alarm.

Min Ko Naing, 58, who was imprisoned for most of the time between 1988 and 2012, has been one of the most prominent figures in encouraging the protests and a civil disobedience movement, sending messages of encouragement nearly daily.

At least two people in the capital Naypyidaw were shot by police and critically injured, including one 20-year-old woman who remains in intensive care.

Extra protection will be provided to journalists, civil society activists, human rights defenders, and deposed political leaders from online threats and unauthorised access of their accounts.

On the wanted list is Min Ko Naing (58), who was imprisoned for most of the time between 1988 and 2012, and who has been one of the most prominent figures in encouraging the protests and a civil disobedience movement.

And it's one that authoritarian governments around the world will be watching closely-China, to understand the implications for its repressive actions against the Uighurs and in Hong Kong; Russia, to assess the consequences for its jailing of dissident Alexei Navalny and suppression of demonstrations at home and in Belarus; and North Korea, to grasp how the new USA administration will address Pyongyang's human-rights abuses.

The 47-member council unanimously passed a British and European Union resolution calling for Ms Suu Kyi's release and access for a United Nations monitors to the country, although China, Russia and Myanmar said they were "disassociating" themselves from it.

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