Myanmar coup: Seven protesters killed in Myaing, Yangon; junta accuses Aung San Suu Kyi of corruption

Myanmar coup: Seven protesters killed in Myaing, Yangon; junta accuses Aung San Suu Kyi of corruption

The UN condemned the junta’s more and more violent crackdown, which has seen greater than 60 killed and a pair of,000 arrested, and even China, a conventional ally, referred to as for ‘de-escalation’ and dialogue

Myanmar coup: Seven protesters killed in Myaing, Yangon; junta accuses Aung San Suu Kyi of corruption

Protesters maintain do-it-yourself shields throughout an illustration towards the army coup in Yangon on March 8, 2021. AFP

Yangon: Seven protesters have been shot lifeless in Myanmar on Thursday because the junta reacted to worldwide condemnation of its crackdown by claiming ousted civilian chief Aung San Suu Kyi had accepted hefty unlawful funds.

Diplomatic stress has been constructing because the generals seized energy on 1 February, triggering each day protests across the nation that they’ve struggled to quell.

The United Nations on Wednesday condemned the junta’s more and more violent crackdown, which has seen greater than 60 killed and a pair of,000 arrested, with even China — a conventional Myanmar ally — calling for “de-escalation” and dialogue.

Thursday noticed extra hardline motion towards demonstrators, with six killed in central Myanmar’s Myaing township. “Six males have been shot lifeless whereas eight individuals have been wounded -— with one man in a crucial situation,” a rescue employee instructed AFP.

A witness instructed AFP 5 of them have been shot within the head.

There was additionally a fatality in Yangon’s North Dagon, the place Chit Min Thu, 25, died after being shot within the head. “I lately learnt that his spouse is 2 months pregnant,” his mom Hnin Malar Aung instructed AFP.

“Nobody might be in peace till this case ends. They have been so merciless with my son. I by no means anticipated my son can be shot within the head… I am fearful about all of the unarmed youth, they are going to be in bother.”

Corruption allegations

The army, which has defended its takeover by citing voting irregularities in November elections gained by Suu Kyi’s celebration, held a uncommon information convention Thursday accusing Suu Kyi of corruption.

Within the capital Naypyidaw, junta spokesman Zaw Min Tun mentioned the detained chief minister of Yangon had admitted giving Suu Kyi $600,000 in money, together with greater than 11 kilograms ($680,000 value) of gold.

“We now have realized Daw Aung San Suu Kyi herself took this $600,000 and 7 visses (11.2 kilograms) of gold. The anti-corruption fee is investigating,” Zaw Min Tun mentioned.

Nobel peace laureate Suu Kyi, detained because the February 1 putsch, is already dealing with a number of felony costs together with proudly owning unlicensed walkie-talkies and violating coronavirus restrictions by staging a marketing campaign occasion throughout final 12 months’s election.

‘Many enemies’

On Thursday, state-run newspaper The Mirror carried an announcement that the Arakan Military (AA) — which fights for extra autonomy for the ethnic Rakhine inhabitants in northern Rakhine state — was not thought of a terrorist organisation.

The AA has been locked in battle with the army for practically two years in a battle that has left a whole lot lifeless and compelled some 200,000 civilians to flee their properties.

Herve Lemahieu, a Myanmar skilled from Australia’s Lowy Institute, mentioned the transfer was seemingly as a result of the army — generally known as the Tatmadaw — wished to finish the distraction of preventing the AA so it might concentrate on the protests.

“The Tatmadaw has many enemies, they do not need to function on too many fronts directly and essentially the most urgent entrance at this time limit is towards the ethnic Burman majority within the main city centres,” he instructed AFP.

‘Battlefield weapons’

Because the crackdown continues, the Sanchaung township in Myanmar’s industrial hub Yangon had one other sleepless night time, as safety forces raided residences trying to find misplaced police weapons. “They used sound bombs on each road,” mentioned one resident.

One other a part of Yangon, North Okkalapa, was additionally reeling after 300 arrests on Wednesday, based on the Help Affiliation for Political Prisoners monitoring group.

An Amnesty Worldwide report on Thursday accused the army of utilizing “battlefield weapons” on unarmed protesters and finishing up premeditated killings orchestrated by their commanding officers.

The rights group catalogued the safety forces’ use of firearms which can be “fully inappropriate to be used in policing protests”, together with gentle machine weapons, sniper rifles and semi-automatic rifles.

With worldwide condemnation to date seemingly ignored by the junta, the USA utilized contemporary stress with sanctions towards two grownup youngsters of coup chief Normal Min Aung Hlaing.

And the Asian Improvement Financial institution introduced it had briefly suspended funding for presidency initiatives in Myanmar “because the worldwide group assesses the evolving state of affairs”.

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