The Myanmar "military and its controlled police seem prepared to do whatever it takes to preserve its democracy-suspending power grab." It has a long history of atrocities defending not only its political power but also its takeover of much of the economy.
Myanmar: A Japanese freelance journalist, Yuki Kitazumi, who previously was a reporter for the Tokyo-based Nikkei business daily and now lives in Yangon, "was carried away by a police vehicle near his house on Sunday night," local media reported.
Thirty governments under the guise of the Media Freedom Coalition "express their deep concern with the continued efforts by Myanmar’s military and police to crack down on media freedom....At least 60 journalists have reportedly been detained."
India's Supreme Court rejected a plea to stop the government from deporting some 150 Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar that police detained last month
More than 600 are dead in Myanmar as police escalate violence. Videos of security forces' brutal killings and beatings of civilians shock international community.
More sad news as I learned about the death of Bo Bo Nge, the recent Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Myanmar, who was arrested and has died in police custody.
A dangerous, contemptible escalation as Myanmar police open fire on protesters in Mandalay, killing two and wounding 40+. The police were trying to force workers back to their jobs. Hundreds of thousands of people have stopped working to protest the coup.
Like most 7-year-olds, Khin Myo Chit ran for safety into her father's arms. But that's where the Myanmar junta's police, which had just invaded their home, shot and killed her.
The Myanmar military claims to be acting with "restraint" but on a busy street in Yangon, police are escorting a man who appears to be in custody and showing no resistance. "Suddenly an officer shoots him from behind, kicking him as he lies on the ground."
Scenes today from Mandalay where Myanmar police used lethal force against protesters, killing 2 and wounding 40+. Is force the best that the generals in the military junta can come up with to defend their coup?
Just to be clear: the Myanmar junta doesn't get to write the rules. International human rights law permits police use of lethal force only to meet an imminent lethal threat, NOT to suppress protests. The coup defenders are acting blatantly unlawfully.
BREAKING: Two anti-coup protesters in Myanmar have died after riot police fired at them with live rounds, local media reports.