The country’s diplomats are revolting against a military coup in Myanmar. After the army made a statement against the government, the country’s UN ambassador was expelled and a new one was appointed. He later resigned. As a result, the previous person is still in charge. The Myanmar embassy in Washington has issued a statement condemning the killing of 38 protesters on Wednesday. The US-based technology company Alphabet’s video sharing site YouTube has also removed five television channels run by the Myanmar army from their platform. The move comes in response to a military coup that overthrew a democratic government in the Southeast Asian country in February. News Reuters.
Massive protests and civil unrest have been raging in the country since the February 1 military coup. They are demanding an end to military rule and the release of the country’s elected leaders. Although the international community has condemned the coup and the violent crackdown on protesters, the military government has not responded.
Kiao Moe-tun, Myanmar’s ambassador to the United Nations, was expelled on Saturday after the General Assembly called on member states to take any necessary action against the military government. He was replaced by UN Deputy Envoy Tin Mong Naing, but resigned. The United Nations mission in Myanmar said on Thursday that Kiao Moe Tunai would remain in the post.
Meanwhile, last Wednesday was the bloodiest day of protests against the military coup in Myanmar. In one day, 36 protesters were killed. Myanmar’s embassy in Washington issued a statement on Thursday condemning the persecution of civilians. The statement called on the authorities to be patient. The killings took place in Yangon, Mandalay, Sagaing, Magway and Mann areas. Since the coup, more than 1,700 people have been illegally arrested and detained for participating in protests or political activities. At least 600 people were detained on Wednesday alone.
UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet has called on Myanmar’s security forces to end the crackdown on peaceful protesters. He said the Myanmar army must stop killing and arresting protesters. It is unacceptable for security forces to fire fresh shots at peaceful protesters across the country. Bashelett added that he was shocked by the attack on the ambulance and the ambulance.
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