Myanmar: Bloody crackdown on peaceful protesters

In Burma, a month after the coup d'état perpetrated by the armed forces and while the population is demonstrating peacefully to demand the return of democracy, the army responds with murderous repression. 

DSunday February 28, Myanmar experienced a murderous day. The Burmese military used live ammunition as well as water cannons, tear gas and stun grenades against pro-democracy protesters, yet in a peaceful gait.

We deplore the death of at least 18 people this weekend across the country and around thirty injured reports France 24.

Phil Robertons, deputy director for Asia at Human Rights Watch, spoke to CBN News and denounces a “scandalous” and “unacceptable” use of lethal force.

“The manifest escalation of the Burmese security forces in the use of lethal force in several towns across the country in response to mostly peaceful anti-coup protesters is scandalous and unacceptable. "

Dr Sasa, a former member of Myanmar's now dissolved civil parliament, also spoke to CBN News, saying the armed forces are currently "like a terrorist group". He wants "the whole world" to understand "the nature of the illegal regime of these dictators"

“They are terrorists within the state. State sponsored terrorists. They are terrorizing the people of Myanmar. It's very, very simple. "

According to him, the Myanmar army has now turned against its own people.

“It's very sad, they have declared war on the people of Myanmar very aggressively. "

In addition to the deaths and injuries, many arrests have taken place. Ravina Shamdasani of the UN Human Rights Office reports having documented "at least 1 arrests of people arbitrarily detained".

Despite the increase in violence and arrests, tens of thousands of demonstrators are still determined to see the military resign and democracy restored. In his interview with CBN News, Dr Sasa asked Christians around the world to pray for his country.

“I would truly appreciate it if our brothers and sisters around the world would pray for my country during this time of turmoil. "

He adds that in a day "if you can give at least two minutes to pray for us, I believe we will see the miraculous that we have never seen before, namely the freedom of the people of Myanmar and a democratic society".

Camille Westphal Perrier

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Article originally published in March 2021.

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