02/27/2021, 10.28
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More protests in Yangon as appeal to world leaders against coup launched at UN

by Francis Khoo Thwe

The Mon march together with other ethnic groups in the economic capital. Three reporters detained. Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun calls on the international community to "stop the military coup". UN envoy Christine Schraner Burgener warns every country against recognizing the junta regime.

Yangon (AsiaNews) - Hundreds of ethnic Mon people were charged by police this morning, who fired rubber bullets to clear the streets. The Mon celebrate their national holiday today, but they wanted to publicly express their rejection of the coup. Other ethnic groups also demonstrated together with them, in a sign of national unity among all groups against military repression.

The area where the demonstration took place, the Myaynigone intersection, has become a key points of the gatherings. Yesterday there was another, in which a Japanese journalist was arrested. Today, three journalists are also among those arrested.

Today's demonstration takes place after the Myanmar ambassador (still linked to the democratic government), Kyaw Moe Tun (see photo), and the UN special envoy to Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener, addressed the UN General Assembly.

Kyaw Moe Tun called for the commitment of the entire international community to "stop the military coup, stop the oppression of the innocent people, return the power of the state to the people and restore democracy".

Schraner Burgener said that “it is important that the international community does not give any legitimacy or recognition to this regime. The results of the November 2020 elections are clear, with 82% of the votes in favor of the National League for Democracy (Ndl)".

The special envoy pointed out that the new junta did not grant her a visa to visit the country. According to her, the junta "wants to continue making large-scale arrests and forcing people to testify against the NDL government. All this is cruel and inhumane”.

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