The Citizen (Gauteng)

Top meeting over deadly crackdown

MYANMAR: UK CALLS FOR TALKS WITH UN COUNCIL

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Security forces steadily step up use of violence against demonstrat­ors.

Britain has called for the UN Security Council to meet tomorrow on Myanmar, diplomatic sources said, as security forces have steadily stepped up their use of violence against anti-coup demonstrat­ors in the Southeast Asian nation.

Authoritie­s fired live rounds and teargas at protesters again on Tuesday, leaving at least four people dead and many critically injured as internatio­nal pressure has grown since the military’s 1 February ouster of civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

The UN meeting would be behind closed doors at 3pm under London’s proposal, the sources said, as were the council’s discussion­s a day after the coup.

Soldiers and police have steadily stepped up their use of force, deploying teargas, water cannons, rubber bullets and, increasing­ly, live rounds after weeks of mass protests.

Sunday was the bloodiest day since the military takeover, with the United Nations saying at least 18 protesters were killed across the country.

AFP independen­tly confirmed 11 deaths.

Another rally turned violent on Tuesday in the northweste­rn town of Kale, where security forces opened fire on protesters, according to medics who witnessed events and treated those wounded.

“About 20 people were injured in a morning crackdown by police and soldiers in Kale,” said a rescue worker, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of repercussi­ons. “Three... were hit by live rounds and are in a critical condition,” he said.

Police had initially deployed teargas and rubber bullets before doubling back with live rounds, he added.

As the violence escalates, Myanmar’s military junta and the envoy sent by its toppled civilian government have launched contradict­ory claims over who represents the country at the United Nations. Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun spectacula­rly broke with the military before the General Assembly tomorrow in an emotional plea for help to restore ousted civilian leadership, which prompted the junta to announce his removal.

Both he and the junta now claim to represent the country at the body, with the UN saying it is evaluating what action to take on the competing claims.

Sunday was the bloodiest day since the military takeover

 ?? Picture: STR / AFP ?? UNDER SIEGE. Protesters holding homemade shields during a demonstrat­ion in Yangon yesterday against the military coup in Myanmar.
Picture: STR / AFP UNDER SIEGE. Protesters holding homemade shields during a demonstrat­ion in Yangon yesterday against the military coup in Myanmar.

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