World Scores of Myanmar citizens waiting to enter India: officials
Myanmar students, doctors plan more protests against military rule
Myanmar students, doctors plan more protests against military ruleThe army seized power this month after alleging fraud in a Nov. 8 election swept by Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD), detaining her and much of the party leadership.
Scores of Myanmar nationals have gathered at the border with India waiting to join about 50 who have already crossed the frontier to flee the country's coup turmoil, Indian officials said Saturday.
Myanmar authorities have meanwhile asked India to send back eight police who fled this week.
Forty-eight Myanmar nationals, including the eight police, have entered India's northeastern state of Mizoram, a senior officer in the Assam Rifles paramilitary force told AFP.
"At least 85 civilians from Myanmar have been waiting at the international border to enter India," the official added, speaking on condition of anonymity.
At least 18 protesters were killed amid intensifying pro-democracy demonstrations in Myanmar
The protesters were shot and killed by the military government, according to the UN.For nearly a month, a growing coalition of protesters has demanded the end of military rule in Myanmar, following a coup that led to the arrest of the nation’s civilian leaders on February 1. Demonstrations have taken place continuously across the country, taking the form of student protests, the halting of public transportation, and work stoppages that threaten to derail Myanmar’s economy.
Anti-coup demonstrations have spread across Myanmar since a February 1 putsch ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Security forces have escalated a brutal crackdown on protesters, killing more than 50 people.
Indian media reports said those who have crossed the border include police and local officials who refused to follow military orders.
Myanmar has sent a letter, seen by AFP, asking for the eight police to be quicky sent back.
The letter was sent to officials in Mizoram's Champhai district where some of the refugees are.
"In order to uphold friendly relations between the two neighbour countries, you are kindly requested to detain eight Myanmar police personnel who had arrived to Indian territories and hand-over to Myanmar," the letter said.
Indian government officials said the letter was being studied along with the cases of those who have crossed the border.
India, which has sought to build closer ties with Myanmar in order to counter China's influence, has not condemned the coup but the country's UN ambassador T.S. Tirumurti this week said that Myanmar's democratic gains of recent years "should not get undermined."
Myanmar military ‘murdered’ at least 70 since coup: UN .
UN special rapporteur suggests ‘crimes against humanity’ being committed; calls for sanctions on military-owned firms.Talking about “a horrible truth”, human rights investigator Thomas Andrews told the UN Human Rights Council on Thursday that “the country of Myanmar is being controlled by a murderous, illegal regime”.