A clear message sent to the Burmese authorities. On the night of Saturday to Sunday, February 21, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres strongly condemns the “use of deadly force” in Burma, while supporting a return to “civil” government. On Saturday, during a demonstration against the rulers, the security forces opened fire on anti-coup protesters, causing two deaths.
“I condemn the use of deadly violence in Burma,” Guterres wrote on Twitter. “The use of deadly force, intimidation and harassment against peaceful protesters is unacceptable,” he added. The UN Secretary General has estimated that “Everyone has the right to assemble peacefully” calling on “all parties to respect the electoral results and return to civil government.”
Several protesters killed
The ruling junta has stepped up repression since the coup, which overthrew the civil government of Aung San Suu Kyi, sparking protests from many Burmese. On February 9, a 20-year-old shopkeeper, Mya Thwate Thwate Khaing, was killed during a demonstration.
Saturday, two people died and around 30 injured in Mandalay during a rally. What to reinforce the rise of violence and protests in this Southeast Asian country. The protesters claim in particular the return of the civil government, the release of detainees and the abolition of the Constitution that is very favorable to the military.