Mandalay, March 11
Spurning an appeal by the United Nations to stop using lethal force against peaceful demonstrators, security forces in Myanmar on Thursday fatally shot at least 10 people protesting against last month’s military coup. The military also lodged a new allegation against Aung San Suu Kyi that in 2017-18 she was illegally given USD 600,000 and gold bars worth slightly less by a political ally, former Yangon Division Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein.
Military spokesman Brigadier General Zaw Min Tun said Phyo Min Thein had admitted giving the money and gold to Suu Kyi, but presented no evidence. The accusation was clearly aimed at discrediting Suu Kyi, and perhaps charging her with a serious crime.
She and President Win Myint are both being detained on less serious allegations.
Myanmar has been roiled by protests and other acts of civil disobedience since the coup toppled Suu Kyi’s government just as it was to start its second term.
Meanwhile, the UN Security Council has strongly condemned the violence against peaceful protestors and called on the military to exercise “utmost restrain”, as the powerful world body unanimously reiterated its call for the immediate release of detained leaders and voiced support for the democratic transition in the Southeast Asian nation. The Council unanimously adopted a Presidential Statement on Myanmar on Wednesday in which it reiterated its deep concern at developments in the country following the declaration of the state of emergency imposed by the military on February 1 and the arbitrary detention of members of the Government, including State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint and others. — Agencies
UNSC demands reversal of coup
- Condemning the violence against protesters, the UN Security Council has reiterated its call for the release of detained leaders and voiced support for the democratic transition in the Southeast Asian nation.
- UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres says he hopes there will be an increasing conscience that it is essential to release prisoners.