After coup, junta asks individuals to ‘safeguard structure’

Naypyitaw, February 12

Amid widespread protests against the military coup, Myanmar Senior General Min Aung Hlaing on Friday urged citizens to safeguard the constitution. In his message on the 74th Union Day, Min Aung Hlaing said that non-disintegration of the Union, national solidarity and perpetuation of sovereignty are the most important task of the democratisation process.

Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s supporters clashed with police, seeking her release. The UN human rights office said over 350 people had been arrested in Myanmar since the February 1 military coup. The UN rights investigator for Myanmar urged the UN Security Council to consider imposing sanctions and arms embargoes, as 300 elected Myanmar lawmakers urged investigations into the military’s seizure of power.

Lawmakers of the European Union called on Thursday for action from their countries. — Agencies

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