US News Deadly repression in Burma: the diaspora calls for “effective” sanctions

09:50  21 february  2021
09:50  21 february  2021 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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Des secouristes prennent en charge un blessé, après les tirs de la police, samedi 20 février, à Mandalay, en Birmanie. © REUTERS Rescuers take care of a wounded man, after police shootings, Saturday February 20, in Mandalay, Burma.

After a bloody Saturday in Mandalay, Burma’s second city, the United Nations and the European Union denounce unacceptable violence. The diaspora, very active in the United Kingdom, pleads to attack the junta with the wallet and denounces the Western groups which make prosper the military.

Twenty days after the military coup, Burmese police opened fire on demonstrators on Saturday (February 20) in Mandalay, the second city and former royal capital in the center of the country. The Ko Kyaw Lin Medical Volunteer Association has deplored at least two deaths and around 40 gunshot wounds.

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The use of force against peaceful protesters is unacceptable, Portuguese UN boss Antonio Guterres said on Saturday. The head of the European diplomacy, the Spaniard Josep Borrell, also condemned the violence exerted by the forces of order against the Burmese population which chose the strike in the public companies, as a mode of action. The European Union will take the appropriate decisions, the statement said.

UN Secretary-General on Myanmar: "The use of force against peaceful demonstrators is unacceptable. The right of peaceful assembly must be fully respected. Reports of continued violence, intimidation and harassment by security personnel are appalling." https://t.co/YoOPWshR3a pic.twitter.com/V6LpvIloeU

- Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth) February 20, 2021

Criminal justice for minors, pro-independence government in New Caledonia, Burma ... The news of this Wednesday morning

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This is precisely what the Burmese diaspora, the bulk of the pacifist troops of the United Kingdom-based Burma Campaign organization. The latter is not satisfied with the sanctions taken by the British government on Friday, February 19, against three leaders of the junta: the Minister of Defense Mya Tun Oo, the Minister of the Interior Soe Htut and his deputy, Than Hlaing. Military leaders are unlikely to have much to freeze in the European Union, says Anna Roberts, director of Burma Campaign UK. Sanctions against the vast business empire the military has built would be more effective. »

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Officers converted into businessmen would make hundreds of millions of dollars a year, according to Burma Campaign, in sectors as diverse as beer, two networks of mobile telephony, toothpaste, tea, cement and dozens of other products…

On purpose, this NGO published in January a list of major international groups having interests with companies linked to the Burmese junta. There are many Chinese companies there - especially in Mandalay, very close to Yunnan - but also European ones. According to the latest figures available from the EU, European exports to Burma, in services alone, were between 200 and 300 million euros for the years 2016-2018.

On the French side, we have spotted a well-known energy supplier and a large Breton chicken breeder (available here) . Unfortunately, details of trade are missing ...

Burma: Police throw stun grenades to disperse protesters .
BURMA-POLITICS-DEMONSTRATIONS: Burma: Police throw stun grenades to disperse protesters © Reuters / STRINGER BURMA: POLICE LAUNCH DEAF GRENADES TO DISPERSATE PROTESTS (Reuters) - Burmese police on Tuesday used stun grenades to disperse demonstrators who had again gathered in the country's largest city, Yangon, to protest the February 1 military coup, witnesses said.

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