Guterres condemns “deadly violence” against protesters in Burma


The Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, has condemned this Sunday the “lethal violence” against protesters in the protests in Burma against the coup, which has left at least three fatalities according to the UN.

At least two people have died this weekend in Mandalay when security forces opened fire on striking shipyard workers, while another 19-year-old girl was killed in Naipyidó, the country’s capital, from a gunshot. in the head, also in the framework of the protest mobilizations in Burma.

In this context, Guterres has repudiated the use of force against peaceful protesters and has once again urged the restoration of a civilian government in the country, which on February 1 suffered a coup by the Army.

Specifically, through his Twitter account, the head of the UN has assured that “the use of lethal force, intimidation and harassment against peaceful protesters is unacceptable.”

“All people have the right to assemble peacefully. I call on all parties to respect the results of the elections and re-establish civil government,” he asked.

For his part, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights in Burma, Tom Andrews, regretted this Sunday the confirmation of the death of the young Mya Thwe Thwe Khaing, who was shot in the head in a demonstration on February 9.

Andrews has shown “sadness” at a death due to a “callous and cowardly act” on the part of the country’s Police. “There are many of us who mourn the loss of a brave young woman and extend our deepest condolences to her family,” he wrote on his Twitter account.

The UN representative also referred to the deaths of two other people on Saturday, including a teenager, when the security forces opened fire on the shipyard workers, who were on strike.

In addition to the use of water cannons and tear gas, “now there are also troops firing point-blank at peaceful protesters. This madness must end now!” Andrews urged.

Finally, he has called this escalation of violence by the junta as military as “dangerous”, and a sign of “what appears to be a war against the people of Burma”.

Thousands of people took to the streets of Burma’s main cities again this Sunday to protest against the coup on February 1. The main protests have taken place in Mandalay and Yangon, the two most populated cities in the country, anticipating the general strike called for this Monday to demand the end of the military government and the release of politicians, starting with the democratic leader and award Nobel Peace Prize Aung San Suu Kyi.

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