News – PH – Almost 40 people, including children, were killed in Myanmar when Australians were embroiled in bloody protests

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According to the United Nations, 38 people were killed in Myanmar on Wednesday when the military suppressed protests in several cities, the most violent day since the first outbreak of demonstrations against the military coup last month

The bloodshed occurred a day after neighboring countries called for restraint after the military overthrew the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi

“It’s terrible, it’s a massacre. No words can describe the situation and our feelings,” youth activist Thinzar Shunlei Yi told Reuters

The dead included four children, an aid organization shared with hundreds of protesters were arrested, local media reported

“Today was the bloodiest day since the coup on Jan. February, “said Christine Schraner Burgener, United Nations Special Representative for Myanmar, in New York

“We had today – just today – 38 people died. We have now more than 50 people died since the coup began and many are wounded,” she said

Save the Children said four children were among the dead, including a 14-year-old boy who Radio Free Asia reported was shot dead by a soldier in a passing convoy of military trucks

The violence took place the day after foreign ministers urged Southeast Asian neighbors to hold back but failed to join forces in a call for the release of Ms. Suu Kyi and the restoration of democracy

Pope Francis said on Twitter: “Sad news of bloody clashes and deaths I appeal to the authorities involved that dialogue should take precedence over repression “

The European Union said the shootings of unarmed civilians and medics were clear violations of international law

It was also said that the military stepped up its repression of the media and a growing number of journalists were arrested and charged

Mitchell Schmidt, 21, has lived in Yangon for a year and teaches English Recently, however, he was involved in Myanmar’s anti-coup movement

He said he wanted to take pictures of civil roadblocks, police firing tear gas and slingshots

“They were running with their shields and guns and I was hiding behind a car with my camera

“They all came over with their guns pointed at me. They briefly realized I was a foreigner and lowered their guns”

He said a police officer grabbed him, put his hand behind his back and marched him down the street, but he was only held for about 10 minutes

Mr Schmidt said he briefly feared he would be jailed for being handcuffed by the police, but said an apparently responsible officer ordered him to be released and he ran

Protesters have written on their arms with a pen, for example on their blood type or on emergency contacts, a message for a loved one in case they are shot

“I’ve developed quite an emotional bond with [Myanmar] and I think it’s only right for me to bring in my two cents worth. It doesn’t really help much. But at least I try for them”

On Tuesday, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) failed to achieve a breakthrough at a virtual meeting of foreign ministers on Myanmar

While four members – Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore – came together in a call for restraint, they called for the release of Ms. Suu Kyi and other detainees

Myanmar state media said the military-appointed foreign minister attended the ASEAN meeting, which “exchanged views on regional and international issues,” without mentioning the focus on Myanmar’s problems

The military justified the coup by saying that its complaints about electoral fraud in the elections on Aug. November were ignored

Ms. Suu Kyi’s party won by landslide and earned a second term of five years. The electoral commission said the vote was fair

The chairman of the junta, Colonel General Min Aung Hlaing, said the intervention was meant to protect the fledgling democracy in Myanmar and promised to hold new elections but did not specify a timeframe

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in an interview that the coup was a “tragic” step backwards for Myanmar and the use of lethal force by the security forces was “catastrophic”

ASEAN’s quest to find a way out of the crisis has sparked criticism within Myanmar, with concerns that it would legitimize the junta and not help the country

Tuesday night’s news broadcast on Myanmar’s state television said agitators were mobilizing people on social media and creating “illegal organizations”

Last week the junta fired its United Nations ambassador for breaking ranks to denounce the military

Kyaw Moe Tun emotionally appealed to the international community to take “the best possible action to restore democracy” and asked his “brothers and sisters” in Burmese to keep fighting

Ms. Suu Kyi, 75, has been held incommunicado since the coup but videoconferenced at a court hearing this week and looked in good health, a lawyer said

She is one of almost 1300 people reportedly arrested by activists, including six journalists in Yangon, one of whom works for the Associated Press, which has requested his release

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News – PH – Nearly 40 people, including children, have been killed in Myanmar when Australians were involved in bloody protests

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