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World Deadly crackdown in Myanmar as protests continue

14:30  04 april  2021
14:30  04 april  2021 Source:   pri.org

Myanmar has become a global flashpoint as violence escalates. Here's what to know

  Myanmar has become a global flashpoint as violence escalates. Here's what to know Sanctions appear to inhibit Myanmar junta little as violence increasesA U.N. special envoy warned of an imminent "bloodbath" if the military doesn't end its brutal crackdown, which has taken the lives of hundreds so far.

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a group of people in front of a large crowd of people: Protesters shout slogans during a demonstrations against the military coup in Mandalay, Myanmar, Feb. 28, 2021. © AP

Protesters shout slogans during a demonstrations against the military coup in Mandalay, Myanmar, Feb. 28, 2021.

It was a deadly day for protesters in Myanmar on Sunday after security forces opened fire on demonstrations, killing at least 18 people and injuring another 30. The United Nations condemned the violence with Secretary-General António Guterres calling the use of lethal force against peaceful protesters “unacceptable.” As many as 1,000 people were detained by security authorities while protesters continue to demand an end to the military’s seizure of power after a Feb. 1 coup.

Myanmar military denies responsibility for child deaths and says elections could be pushed back

  Myanmar military denies responsibility for child deaths and says elections could be pushed back "This is not a coup," said Maj. Gen. Zaw Min Tun from a gilded hall in Myanmar's purpose-built capital Naypyidaw, the city where his comrades recently ousted an elected government, detained the country's leadership, and installed a military junta. © Scott McWhinnie/CNN Major General Zaw Min Tun, spokesperson for the Myanmar military, at the Defense Services Museum in Naypyidaw, Myanmar on April 4, 2021.

Images coming out of Myanmar show tear gas and people running from police, with bodies on the streets. The violence demonstrated a new ruthlessness from military leaders to quash the unrest.

Ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday appeared in court via videoconference facing several charges, including violating a law dating back to British colonial days that prohibits freedom of expression.

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Myanmar’s army is turning guns on medics

  Myanmar’s army is turning guns on medics Fears of a failed state abound as hospitals close and EMTs dodge bullets.Anti-coup demonstrators gather tires to burn as they prepare to confront police during a protest in Tarmwe township, Yangon, Myanmar, April 1, 2021.

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US orders some diplomats to evacuate Myanmar amid deadly crackdown on protesters

  US orders some diplomats to evacuate Myanmar amid deadly crackdown on protesters The United States has ordered some American diplomats and their loved ones to evacuate Myanmar amid escalating violence two months after the military junta seized power. Your browser does not support this video The U.S. Department of State announced in a brief statement Tuesday that it would require non-essential U.S. government employees and their family members to depart the conflict-torn Southeast Asian nation. That means only a skeleton crew, including the U.S. ambassador, will stay behind in Yangon, the country's commercial capital and largest city.

“His name will be remembered not just as a failure of US foreign policy, but to remind people that it's not just him," said Mohammad Soltan, founder of the Freedom Initiative.

UN Human Rights Council starts work to address a ‘pandemic of human rights abuses'

a person holding a sign: A demonstrator displays a picture of the defaced image of the commander in chief, Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, also chairman of the State Administrative Council to protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, Feb. 17, 2021. The UN expert on human rights in Myanmar warned of the prospect for major violence as demonstrators gather again Wednesday to protest the military's seizure of power. AP © AP A demonstrator displays a picture of the defaced image of the commander in chief, Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, also chairman of the State Administrative Council to protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, Feb. 17, 2021. The UN expert on human rights in Myanmar warned of the prospect for major violence as demonstrators gather again Wednesday to protest the military's seizure of power. AP

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Myanmar: At least 114 killed in bloodiest day of protests yet

  Myanmar: At least 114 killed in bloodiest day of protests yet Human rights officials are calling on the international community to do more to stop the bloodshed in Myanmar after more than 100 civilians were reportedly killed by Myanmar military junta that overthrew the country's elected government.UN Special Rapporteur for human rights in Myanmar Tom Andrews said it is time for "robust, coordinated action," as "words are not enough" to protect people's lives.

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Why the Biden administration and their allies have been unable to stop the violence in Myanmar .
The US policy on the Myanmar military's crackdown on peaceful pro-democracy demonstrators has been bipartisan -- but that hasn't helped stop the conflict in the Southeast Asian nation. At a time of rare bipartisan action, the Biden administration's position on Myanmar's violence won praise from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. © Stringer/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock "Their instincts are good," the Kentucky Republican told Politico on Monday, after Biden reportedly consulted with the minority leader on the situation in Myanmar, which CNN has covered on the ground.

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