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UK News G7 ministers issue warning to Myanmar’s generals following coup

00:50  24 february  2021
00:50  24 february  2021 Source:   msn.com

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a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Foreign ministers from the G7 nations have condemned the ‘intimidation and oppression’ of protesters in Myanmar following the country’s military coup (AP) © Provided by PA Media Foreign ministers from the G7 nations have condemned the ‘intimidation and oppression’ of protesters in Myanmar following the country’s military coup (AP)

Foreign ministers from the G7 nations have condemned the “intimidation and oppression” of protesters in Myanmar following the country’s military coup.

The group, which includes Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and counterparts from countries including the US, France and Germany, warned that anyone responding to peaceful protests with violence “must be held to account”.

In this image made from UNTV video, Britain's Foreign Minister Dominic Raab, speaks during a U.N. Security Council high-level meeting on COVID-19 recovery focusing on vaccinations, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, at UN headquarters, in New York. (UNTV via AP) © ASSOCIATED PRESS In this image made from UNTV video, Britain's Foreign Minister Dominic Raab, speaks during a U.N. Security Council high-level meeting on COVID-19 recovery focusing on vaccinations, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, at UN headquarters, in New York. (UNTV via AP)

The move follows clashes in which two protesters were shot dead over the weekend.

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Protests against the junta continued on Tuesday and the G7 foreign ministers called for the security forces to “exercise utmost restraint” and respect human rights.

Anti-coup protesters display pictures of deposed Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi during a protest in Yangon, Myanmar Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. Protesters gathered in Myanmar's biggest city despite the ruling junta's threat to use lethal force against people who join a general strike against the military's takeover three weeks ago. (AP Photo) © ASSOCIATED PRESS Anti-coup protesters display pictures of deposed Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi during a protest in Yangon, Myanmar Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. Protesters gathered in Myanmar's biggest city despite the ruling junta's threat to use lethal force against people who join a general strike against the military's takeover three weeks ago. (AP Photo)

The UK holds the presidency of the G7, which also includes Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the US, plus the European Union.

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The joint statement said: “Use of live ammunition against unarmed people is unacceptable. Anyone responding to peaceful protests with violence must be held to account.

YANGON, MYANMAR - 2021/02/22: Police officers advance towards the protesters during the demonstration. A massive crowd took to the streets of Yangon to protest against the military coup and demanded the release of Aung San Suu Kyi. Myanmar's military detained State Counsellor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi on February 01, 2021 and declared a state of emergency while seizing the power in the country for a year after losing the election against the National League for Democracy (NLD). (Photo by Santosh Krl/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) © 2021 SOPA Images YANGON, MYANMAR - 2021/02/22: Police officers advance towards the protesters during the demonstration. A massive crowd took to the streets of Yangon to protest against the military coup and demanded the release of Aung San Suu Kyi. Myanmar's military detained State Counsellor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi on February 01, 2021 and declared a state of emergency while seizing the power in the country for a year after losing the election against the National League for Democracy (NLD). (Photo by Santosh Krl/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

“We condemn the intimidation and oppression of those opposing the coup.

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“We raise our concern at the crackdown on freedom of expression, including through the internet blackout and draconian changes to the law that repress free speech.

Protesters hold signs with an image of Aung San Suu Kyi as they take part in a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon on February 22, 2021. (Photo by Sai Aung Main / AFP) (Photo by SAI AUNG MAIN/AFP via Getty Images) Protesters hold signs with an image of Aung San Suu Kyi as they take part in a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon on February 22, 2021. (Photo by Sai Aung Main / AFP) (Photo by SAI AUNG MAIN/AFP via Getty Images)

“The systematic targeting of protesters, doctors, civil society and journalists must stop and the state of emergency must be revoked.”

The G7 again called for the release of Myanmar’s civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, and President Win Myint.

On Monday, Myanmar’s ambassador to the UK was summoned to the Foreign Office for the second time this month.

YANGON, MYANMAR - 2021/02/22: Protesters gather as they take part during the demonstration. A massive crowd took to the streets of Yangon to protest against the military coup and demanded the release of Aung San Suu Kyi. Myanmar's military detained State Counsellor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi on February 01, 2021 and declared a state of emergency while seizing the power in the country for a year after losing the election against the National League for Democracy (NLD). (Photo by Santosh Krl/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) © 2021 SOPA Images YANGON, MYANMAR - 2021/02/22: Protesters gather as they take part during the demonstration. A massive crowd took to the streets of Yangon to protest against the military coup and demanded the release of Aung San Suu Kyi. Myanmar's military detained State Counsellor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi on February 01, 2021 and declared a state of emergency while seizing the power in the country for a year after losing the election against the National League for Democracy (NLD). (Photo by Santosh Krl/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Minister for Asia Nigel Adams told Kyaw Zwar Minn that the use of force against protesters is “completely reprehensible and must stop”.

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