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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: Military blocks Facebook for sake of ‘stability’

Myanmar coup: Military blocks Facebook for sake of ‘stability’

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Myanmar's military rulers have blocked access to Facebook, days after they overthrew the democratic government.Officials said the social media platform - for many in Myanmar the only access to the internet - would be blocked for the sake of "stability". Facebook has become a key rallying point for opposition to Monday's coup.In further civil disobedience, lawmakers are refusing to leave their compound in the capital, and more pot-banging was seen in Yangon.What is Facebook's role?The Ministry of Communications and Information said access to Facebook would be blocked until 7 February. However, it was still reported to be accessible sporadically.Anthony Aung, who runs a tour agency in Yangon, the main city, told the BBC at one point he still had access to the site through WiFi but not cellul...
Myanmar coup: ‘People really angry and sad – they will show resistance to military’

Myanmar coup: ‘People really angry and sad – they will show resistance to military’

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Journalist Shwe Mon was in Naypyidaw, Myanmar's capital, for the opening of parliament but woke up to a military coup.They have spoken to Sky's Southeast Asia correspondent Siobhan Robbins about their experience and the mood on the streets after a number of top politicians were detained including Aung San Suu Kyi - the leader of the country's democratically elected ruling party (NLD). The journalist's name has been changed to protect their identity. Image: A man rides his motorbike in Naypyitaw. Pic: AP I woke around 4.20am and we had lost internet and mobile signal... and then we turned on the TV and there was only religious and military channels… and I asked my friend who was sharing the room with me, 'what shall we do?' ...