Thursday, September 30, 2021

Myanmar coup: UN warns Myanmar junta of 'severe consequences'

The UN has warned Myanmar’s military there would be “severe consequences” for any brutal suppression of the ongoing anti-coup protests there.

UN Special Envoy Christine Schraner Burgener said “the right of peaceful assembly must fully be respected”.

Access to the internet in Myanmar was restored on Tuesday morning after it had been cut off for a second night.

The junta has been regularly blocking the web to try to stifle dissent since the 1 February coup.

Ms Schraner Burgener’s warning came during Monday’s phone call with the junta’s deputy head Soe Win, a UN spokesperson said.

The special envoy stressed that internet blackouts “undermine core democratic principles”.

Myanmar has seen days of protests following a military coup which saw the junta overthrow elected leaders, including longtime democracy campaigner, Aung San Suu Kyi, due to alleged voter fraud.

The military has not provided any evidence to support these claims.
Protesters were out again early on Tuesday, with crowds gathering in cities like Yangon and Mandalay. BBC Burmese reports monks were seen heading out on the streets of Yangon in a mostly peaceful scene.

Outside the city, protesters were pictured lying down on the tracks in a bid to disrupt services. According to Reuters, train services between Yangon and the southern city of Mawlamyine were blocked as a result.

The turnout at recent protests appeared to have grown smaller than the ones seen last week, which saw tens of thousands of people in attendance, as the military has stepped up its presence.

The military has also announced stiff penalties for those opposing the coup leaders, saying people preventing the security forces from carrying out their duties could face 20 years in prison, while those found to stir up fear or unrest in public could be imprisoned for terms of three to seven years.

Source: BBC

Ghana | Atinkaonline.com

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