/ 01 March 2021

Crackdown on democracy seekers

Riot police in Myanmar have launched their most severe crackdown yet on anti-coup protesters with at least 18 killed yesterday. And on Saturday, security forces arrested hundreds of demonstrators in several cities across the country. It was a tumultuous weekend with Myanmar’s ambassador to the United Nations fired for betraying military leaders after he urged the international community to use “any means necessary” to remove them from power. And in Hong Kong, authorities have used the controversial security law to charge 47 activists with ‘subversion’. They are part of the group of 55 people who were arrested last month with the largest use of the China-backed law now seeing charges laid. Those charged are some of the territory’s best known pro-democracy supporters who were involved in the selection of candidates for last year’s delayed election. They face a maximum term of life imprisonment.

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