Protests in Myanmar: ‘I will continue to fight for as long as possible’

Status: 02/28/2021 4:31 AM

One day after he criticized the military coup, the UN ambassador to Myanmar was dismissed. Kyaw Mo Tun announced that they would continue fighting. Protests also continued in his homeland.

From Lena Bodoyne
ARD-Studio Singapur

The military council did not hesitate for long. One day after the UN ambassador called for an end to the coup, a news anchor on Army TV announced: “Myanmar’s ambassador to the United Nations, Kyaw Mo Tun, does not follow the orders and instructions of his country, he is betraying his country and betraying his country to help illegal groups that do not represent the government. He used his authority and responsibility, which is why he was fired. ”

Lena Bodoyne
ARD-Studio Singapur

“I will keep fighting for as long as possible,” Kyaw Mo Tun said after the Reuters news agency in New York. Protests continue in his homeland, because like the expelled ambassador, opponents of the military coup continue to fight. They want to restore their democracy and their elected government.

Bullets and rubber bullets

Security forces moved firmly against the protesters. They fired stun grenades and fired into the air and were said to have used rubber bullets and tear gas. Apparently many people have been arrested – the number of arrests is unclear, and it is said that there are over a hundred in each case. According to unconfirmed reports, a doctor has died.

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According to eyewitnesses, the police are targeting journalists. People who provided food to the protesters or tried to help the wounded were also attacked, according to social media.

Thousands of people again took to the streets across the country to protest against the army’s takeover. Four weeks ago, the armed forces overthrew the elected government and arrested de facto Prime Minister Aung San Suu Kyi. The United States imposed sanctions on the junta, and the European Union passed sanctions.

“State power must rest with the people.”

On Friday, the former Myanmar ambassador to the United Nations called on the world on behalf of the elected government of his country: “To use all necessary means against the Myanmar army and to ensure security and protection for the people of Myanmar.” He continued: The coup must end immediately, and the innocents must not be oppressed. State power must return to the people, and democracy must be restored.

Finally, like hundreds of thousands of his countrymen, he raised his hand in the three-toed salute, the popular symbol of protest and resistance to oppression.

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