Myanmar police crack down on protests for second day

Henrietta Brewer
February 28, 2021

He urged all countries to issue public statements strongly condemning the February 1 coup, and to refuse to recognize the military regime and ask its leaders to respect the free and fair elections in November won by Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party.

"We need further strongest possible action from the global community to immediately end the military coup", he said.

Following a brief standoff with protesters near the dock, security forces began firing water cannons at the crowd and proceeded to use batons to beat protesters and other nearby civilians, including an elderly resident who was simply watching, according to Aye Nyein Thu.

Police were out in force in the main city of Yangon and elsewhere on Saturday, taking up positions at usual protest sites and detaining people as they congregated, witnesses said.

Since the coup, at least five people have been killed - four of them from injuries sustained at anti-coup demonstrations that saw security forces open fire on protesters.

Myanmar's military rulers say they have fired the country's ambassador to the United Nations, a day after he called for help to remove the army from power. Several media workers were detained.

Uncertainty grew over Suu Kyi's whereabouts on Friday, as the independent Myanmar Now website quoted officials of her National League for Democracy (NLD) party as saying she had been moved this week from house arrest to an undisclosed location.

Since a Feb 1 coup toppling civilian Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar has seen an outpouring of defiance from hundreds of thousands of protesters demanding her release and calling for a return to democracy.

Police also broke up protests in Naypyitaw and other towns, witnesses said.

Speaking to Reuters following his firing, Kyaw Moe Tun said that he "decided to fight back as long as I can".

Meanwhile, Britain announced new sanctions on six army generals, including Myanmar's commander-in-chief General Min Aung Hlaing.

Myanmar's Ambassador to the United Nations Kyaw Moe Tun holds up three fingers at the end of his speech to the General Assembly where he pleaded for global action in overturning the military takeover in his country, Manhattan, New York, U.S., February 26, 2021.

It was not immediately clear whether the rounds were live or not. "We are now trying to get the names of the people".

"We need... the strongest possible action from the global community to immediately end the military coup, to stop oppressing the innocent people, to return the state power to the people, and to restore the democracy", Kyaw Moe Tun pleaded, his voice cracking with emotion.

While the Nobel laureate is expected to have a hearing on Monday, her lawyer has still not been able to make contact with her.

Kyaw Moe Tun condemned the military on Friday at a UN General Assembly meeting on Myanmar's human rights situation. The U.N. Special Rapporteur on Myanmar, Tom Andrews, called it a "remarkable act of courage".

It added that it supported diplomacy by South-East Asian countries, which some protesters fear could give credibility to the ruling generals.

Suu Kyi has been detained since a February 1 coup.

He drew loud applause from many diplomats in the 193-nation global body, as well as effusive praise on social media, where people from Myanmar and further afield described him as a hero.

"We asked all parties to exercise restraint and not use avoid casualties and bloodshed", Marsudi said in a virtual news conference.

Authorities did not respond immediately to a request for comment.

"More than 10 prison buses went into Insein prison with about 40 to 50 people in a prison bus".

Suu Kyi, the daughter of Myanmar's independence hero, spent almost 15 years under house arrest under previous juntas.

The army has promised an election, but has not given a date.

China's ambassador to the U.N., Zhang Jun, repeated his country's stance that the current events in Myanmar are "internal affairs". The junta has said it will rule for a year under a state of emergency and then hold new polls.

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