200 global groups press the UN Security Council finally to impose an arms embargo on the Myanmar junta. Time for the Chinese government to stop blocking this essential step toward stopping the junta's killing of protesters.
The Myanmar junta has charged Japanese journalist Yuki Kitazumi with distributing "fake news," meaning accurate news about the junta's killing and detention of protesters that it wants to keep hidden. He could face three years in prison.
If Myanmar protesters succeed in reversing the coup, a better Myanmar could emerge if protesters remain committed to: 1. Genuine democracy. 2. Ethnic inclusiveness. 3. Ending religious taboos that impeded women and girls. 4. Acceptance of the Rohingya.
Including 5 killed Sunday, the Myanmar junta's security forces have now killed 765 protesters & bystanders, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners. Yet all that killing hasn't made the Myanmar people any more accepting of the coup.
It's been 3 months since Myanmar's military coup, and some protesters are still taking to the streets despite a violent crackdown. We spoke to one protester 2 weeks into the coup to hear his thoughts #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar
Unspeakable: "Myanmar security forces mowed down more than 60 people with rifle grenades and machine guns as they cleared barricades built by anti-junta protesters in the central Myanmar city of Bago on Friday, leaving piles of bodies..., witnesses said."
“Stop kidnapping at night" is the latest message from Myanmar anti-coup protesters. “Our nights aren’t safe anymore” and “Myanmar military is kidnapping people at night” have circulated widely on social media.
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.
The Myanmar junta is making a big mistaking thinking it can crush pro-democracy protesters in the shadows the way it did in 1988. Back then, people didn't have smart phones and social media to beam the military's outrages to the entire word.
Yesterday the United Nations Security Council called on the Myanmar military to “exercise utmost restraint.” Today it responded by killing at least 7 people as "security forces opened fire on anti-coup protesters." Will China still block any consequences?
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?
As Myanmar security forces fire unabashedly at largely peaceful protesters, "around 30 people have been killed since the Feb. 1 coup and more than 1,200 arrested," according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners.
Myanmar's military is "notorious for its brutality after having crushed democracy movements in 1988 and 2007 by shooting peaceful protesters." Now the military is doing it again. This time, will the world exert enough pressure to stop it? I hope so.