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Protests in Yangon, Myanmar

Two more people died in Myanmar this Saturday after a police charge in the city of Mandalay. Several people were seriously injured.

On Friday, Burmese received news of the death of Mya Thwate Thwate Khaing, a young woman, 20, shot in the head on the 9th of this month during a protest in the capital, Naypyidaw.

This Sunday, a crowd attended the young woman’s funeral. Several people silently raised their hands, showing the three fingers – a sign of challenge and resistance adopted by neighboring Thailand – and many sang “Our revolt must be successful”.

Demonstrations continued in other cities, notably Mandalay, the country’s second largest city, where security forces shot two people, this Saturday, near a shipyard where the authorities had tried to force workers to load a boat.

One of the victims, described as a teenager, was also shot in the head and died immediately, while another was shot in the chest and died on the way to the hospital. Several other serious injuries have also been reported.

Witness reports and photographs of bullet capsules indicated that security forces used live ammunition, in addition to conventional riot and slingshot control equipment, a traditional hunting weapon in Myanmar.

The police have also used rubber bullets, water cannons and tear gas to disperse the crowds. Meanwhile, the Association of Assistance to Burmese Political Prisoners (AAPP) reports that there are 640 arrests.

In your account Twitter, the UN Secretary-General condemned “the use of lethal force” in this country. “The use of lethal force, intimidation and harassment against peaceful protesters is unacceptable”, continued António Guterres.

“Everyone has the right to a peaceful meeting. I call on all parties to respect the results of the elections and return to civilian government, ”added the head of the United Nations.

This Sunday, Facebook removed the main page of the Myanmar army from its platform for failing to meet the requirements of not inciting violence.

“In line with our global policies, we deleted the page Tatmadaw True News for repeated violations of our standards, which prohibit incitement to violence ”, said a spokesperson for this social network in a statement sent to the agency EFE.

Today, European Union (EU) foreign ministers said they were “willing” to take restrictive measures against people “directly responsible” for the military coup.

“In response to the military coup, the European Union is ready to adopt restrictive measures aimed at those directly responsible. All other tools at the disposal of the EU and its Member States will be kept under review ”, read the conclusions on Myanmar of the Foreign Affairs Council, published while the meeting is still taking place.

In this context, and even though they will “avoid measures that could adversely affect the population of Myanmar, especially the most vulnerable”, the heads of European diplomacy invite the European Commission and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Security, Josep Borrell, to “develop appropriate proposals” for this purpose.

The military coup struck Burma’s fragile democracy after the victory of the Aung Sang Suu Kyi (National League for Democracy) party in the November 2020 elections. The military took power alleging irregularities during the electoral process, despite the authorities voters have denied the existence of fraud.

The military junta said it will remain in power for a year, before the realization of a new electoral act.

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