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Myanmar coup: US ‘horrified’ by deadliest day since military takeover

Myanmar coup: US ‘horrified’ by deadliest day since military takeover

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ReutersThe US has said that it is "horrified" by the killing of scores of anti-coup protesters in Myanmar on Saturday.Secretary of State Antony Blinken accused the military of "a reign of terror" that was "sacrificing the lives of the people to serve the few".Saturday was the deadliest day since last month's military takeover.The defence chiefs of a dozen nations, including the UK, on Sunday issued a rare joint statement condemning the military's violent actions.The US, Japan and Australia were also among the signatories of a statement that said: "A professional military follows international standards for conduct and is responsible for protecting - not harming - the people it serves."UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he was "deeply shocked" at the violence and British Foreign Sec...
EU, U.S. impose new sanctions against Myanmar military over coup

EU, U.S. impose new sanctions against Myanmar military over coup

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March 23 (UPI) -- The European Union and the United States have leveled new rounds of sanctions against Myanmar's military leadership over its February coup and subsequent escalation of violence deployed against protesters. The EU announced the sanctions Monday targeting 11 people, 10 of who are among the highest ranks of the Myanmar military, known as the Tatmadaw, including its commander-in-chief, Min Aung Hlaing. The 11th person is the chair of the Union Election Commission over his role in cancelling the results of the 2020 Myanmar parliamentary elections. Advertisement The Tatmadaw seized control of the country Feb. 1 in a coup on accusations that the fall elections were fraudulent, declaring itself the State Administrative Council and arresting Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and other members...
Myanmar coup: Military takes country offline for second night

Myanmar coup: Military takes country offline for second night

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Getty ImagesAccess to the internet appears to have been blocked for a second night running by Myanmar's new military rulers. UK-based monitor NetBlocks reported a "near-total internet shutdown" from 01:00 local time (18:30 GMT) on Tuesday. It is the fourth shutdown since the 1 February coup as the junta tries to stifle dissent, much of it online.Earlier, the military authorities announced stiff penalties for those opposing the coup leaders. Signs that another outage was imminent came after an internet service provider told BBC Burmese that online access was being blocked. The latest shutdown follows a pattern aimed at disrupting continuing opposition to the coup, which overthrew elected leaders including longtime democracy campaigner, Aung San Suu Kyi, who is still in custody.Access to Fac...
Myanmar coup: Protesters face up to 20 years in prison under new law

Myanmar coup: Protesters face up to 20 years in prison under new law

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ReutersMyanmar's military has warned anti-coup protesters across the country that they could face up to 20 years in prison if they obstruct the armed forces.Long sentences and fines will also apply to those found to incite "hatred or contempt" towards the coup leaders, the military said.The legal changes were announced as armoured vehicles appeared on the streets of several cities.Hundreds of thousands of people have taken part in protests in recent days.The demonstrators are demanding the release from detention of their elected leaders, including Aung San Suu Kyi, and the restoration of democracy in Myanmar, also known as Burma.What will the military do now?The shooting of a young protester'Down with the military - release our leaders!' On Monday, Ms Suu Kyi's lawyer said she would be det...
Myanmar coup: Troops on the streets as internet cut off

Myanmar coup: Troops on the streets as internet cut off

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Getty ImagesArmoured vehicles have appeared on the streets of several cities in Myanmar amid signs the military is preparing a crackdown on opposition to the coup it carried out on 1 February. The internet was almost entirely shut down from 18:30 GMT (01:00 local time).In the northern state of Kachin, the security forces fired shots at a protest - the ninth day of anti-coup demonstrations across the country. A UN official accused the military of "declaring war" on the people.Tom Andrews, the UN special rapporteur on Myanmar (also known as Burma), said the generals were showing "signs of desperation" and would be held accountable. It's as if the generals have declared war on the people of Myanmar: late night raids; mounting arrests; more rights stripped away; another Internet shutdown; mili...