/ 12 April 2021

More protester deaths in Myanmar

Reports say another 80 people were killed by Myanmar’s security forces firing rifle grenades at pro-democracy protesters in Bago, near the major city of Yangon, on Saturday. It brings the death toll of demonstrators to at least 620 people since the February military coup. During a UN Security Council meeting on Friday, Myanmar’s rogue ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun called for more action, proposing a no-fly zone, an arms embargo and more targeted sanctions against military members and their families. “Time is of the essence for us,” he said. Myanmar’s military has received strong condemnation and sanctions by Western powers – including the US and the European Union – but China’s response has been more muted. Speaking of China… it locked down its border with Myanmar amid fears refugees could stream in to escape fighting and growing coronavirus cases.

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