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Myanmar suppression "like Tiananmen Square" as police shoot protesters, killing at least 9

 

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Protesters wearing helmets shout slogans as they stand behind a barricade in Sanchaung, Yangon, Myanmar March 3, 2021, in this still image from a video obtained by Reuters. Video obtained by REUTERS

 

(Reuters) - Myanmar security forces opened fire on protests against military rule on Wednesday killing nine people, witnesses and media reported, a day after neighbouring countries called for restraint and offered to help Myanmar resolve the crisis.

 

The security forces resorted to live fire with little warning in several towns and cities, witnesses said, as the junta appeared more determined than ever to stamp out protests against a Feb. 1 coup that ousted the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi.

 

"They marched towards us and fired tear gas, marched again and used stun grenades," Si Thu Maung, a protest leader in the central town of Myingyan, told Reuters.

 

"Then they didn't spray us with water cannon, no warning to disperse, they just fired their guns."

 

A spokesman for the ruling military council did not answer telephone calls seeking comment.

 

One teenaged boy was killed in Myingyan but the heaviest toll was in another central town, Monywa, where five people - four men and one woman - were killed, said Ko Thit Sar, editor of the Monywa Gazette.

 

"We've confirmed with family members and doctors, five people have been killed," he told Reuters.

 

"At least 30 people are wounded, some still unconscious."

 

Two people were killed in the country's second-biggest city Mandalay, a witness and media reports said, and one person was killed when police opened fire in the main city of Yangon, a witness there said.

 

At least 31 people have been killed since the coup.

 

"The country is like the Tiananmen Square in most of its major cities," the Archbishop of Yangon, Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, said on Twitter, alluding to the suppression of student-led protests in Beijing in 1989.

 

The violence came a day after foreign ministers from Southeast Asian neighbours urged restraint but failed to unite behind a call for the release Suu Kyi and the restoration of democracy.

 

Security forces also detained about 300 protesters as they broke up protests in Yangon, the Myanmar Now news agency reported.

 

Video posted on social media showed lines of young men, hands on heads, filing into army trucks as police and soldiers stood guard. Reuters was unable to verify the footage.

 

'CONTINUE THIS FIGHT'

 

Images of a 19-year-old woman, one of the two shot dead in Mandalay, showed her wearing a T-shirt that read "Everything will be OK".

 

Police ordered three medics out of an ambulance, shot up the windscreen and then kicked and beat the workers with gun butts and batons, video broadcast by U.S.-funded Radio Free Asia showed. Reuters was unable to verify the video independently.

 

Democracy activist Esther Ze Naw told Reuters via a messaging app that the sacrifices of those who died would not be in vain.

 

"We will continue this fight and win. We shall overcome this and win," she said.

 

On Tuesday, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) failed to make a breakthrough in a virtual foreign ministers' meeting on Myanmar.

 

While united in a call for restraint, only four members - Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore - called for the release of Suu Kyi and other detainees.

 

"We expressed ASEAN's readiness to assist Myanmar in a positive, peaceful and constructive manner," the ASEAN chair, Brunei, said in a statement.

 

Myanmar's state media said the military-appointed foreign minister attended the ASEAN meeting that "exchanged views on regional and international issues", but made no mention of the focus on Myanmar's problems.

 

It said Wunna Maung Lwin "apprised the meeting of voting irregularities" in November's election.

 

The military justified the coup saying its complaints of voter fraud in the Nov. 8 elections were ignored. Suu Kyi's party won by a landslide, earning a second five-year term. The election commission said the vote was fair.

 

Junta leader Senior General Min Aung Hlaing has said the intervention was to protect Myanmar's fledgling democracy and has pledged to hold new elections but given no time frame.

 

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Tuesday in an interview the coup was a "tragic" step back for Myanmar and the use of lethal force was "disastrous".

 

Tuesday evening's news bulletin on Myanmar state television said agitators were mobilising people on social media and forming "illegal organisations".

 

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

 

She is one of nearly 1,300 people who have been detained, according to activists.

 

Ousted President Win Myint is facing two new charges, his lawyer, Khin Maung Zaw, said, including one for a breach of the constitution that is punishable by up to three years on prison.

 

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2 minutes ago, snoop1130 said:

Myanmar suppression "like Tiananmen Square" as police shoot protesters, killing at least 9

bound to happen;;PITY

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33 minutes ago, snoop1130 said:

a day after neighbouring countries called for restraint and offered to help Myanmar resolve the crisis.

What is Thailand doing?

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12 hours ago, trainman34014 said:

I see a Military Intervention by Western Forces is most likely the only way this can be brought to a satisfactory end in the name of Democracy; rout the Burmese Military and kill off all the Generals who were all complicit in crimes against humanity before the Coup even started.   Oh yes; it would bring cries of foul play by China and the likes of the Thai Junta and others but it's time Western leaders grew some Balls and stood up for the rights of the people of these country's who are being bullied into submission by Despots who are power and money crazy.

Errrr ?... Is Burma so different from here? 

 

How many died in the 2010 shootings? And where is "Thai style democracy" now?

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12 hours ago, bkk6060 said:

What is Thailand doing?

 

Eating Somtam in the East, buying watches in the Capital.

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12 hours ago, trainman34014 said:

I see a Military Intervention by Western Forces is most likely the only way this can be brought to a satisfactory end in the name of Democracy; rout the Burmese Military and kill off all the Generals who were all complicit in crimes against humanity before the Coup even started.   Oh yes; it would bring cries of foul play by China and the likes of the Thai Junta and others but it's time Western leaders grew some Balls and stood up for the rights of the people of these country's who are being bullied into submission by Despots who are power and money crazy.

And who do you think should go there?Will never ever happen I guess you will also need some UN mandat to do so and I don't think China and or Russia would approve

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13 hours ago, snoop1130 said:

Junta leader Senior General Min Aung Hlaing has said the intervention was to protect Myanmar's fledgling democracy and has pledged to hold new elections but given no time frame.

 

To end all this misery , hold new elections NOW !

 

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12 hours ago, trainman34014 said:

I see a Military Intervention by Western Forces is most likely the only way this can be brought to a satisfactory end in the name of Democracy; rout the Burmese Military and kill off all the Generals who were all complicit in crimes against humanity before the Coup even started.   Oh yes; it would bring cries of foul play by China and the likes of the Thai Junta and others but it's time Western leaders grew some Balls and stood up for the rights of the people of these country's who are being bullied into submission by Despots who are power and money crazy.

Dreaming!

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"A day after neighbouring countries called for restraint and offered to help Myanmar resolve the crisis".

There is no crisis, the black-and-white analysis is, that the clowns in uniform overran an election outcome. In some countries the pre-compose the cabinet substantially with pre-defined "representatives" and allow convicted drug dealers to serve in ministerial posts as the caucasian court in faraway land could not distinguish between heroin and flour while in Burma they do care even less. 

19 days prior to the Coup d'Etat in Rangoon no-one else but the IMF (International Monetary Fund) wired some 250+ million dollars in cash to the junta (see enclosure); I assume it was the monopoly money to get the roadshow going in Burma. The crooks in uniforms must have had a field day; get handsomely paid to overrun the country ...... 

So the pot and the kettle story on all fronts again - and ASEAN keeps blowing its own trumpet - what an embarrassment ! 

210113 IMF Approves 258.4 Million.pdf

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14 hours ago, PatOngo said:

Interesting that they've crushed democracy to protect democracy, utter BS! Even more interesting is that ASEAN has stood by like lame ducks and done nothing to condemn the juntas actions!

 

 

Vietnam? Cambodia? Laos? and, of course, Thailand. Condemning a like minded despot? Not likely.

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13 hours ago, trainman34014 said:

I see a Military Intervention by Western Forces is most likely the only way this can be brought to a satisfactory end in the name of Democracy; rout the Burmese Military and kill off all the Generals who were all complicit in crimes against humanity before the Coup even started.   Oh yes; it would bring cries of foul play by China and the likes of the Thai Junta and others but it's time Western leaders grew some Balls and stood up for the rights of the people of these country's who are being bullied into submission by Despots who are power and money crazy.

LOL: ur joking right?
you expect the western world under the UN or ?? ( invasion from India/Laos?
to invade Burma and remove the Junta?

 

i guarantee you, you have not seen the worst yet

 

 

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3 minutes ago, Centrum said:

Vietnam? Cambodia? Laos? and, of course, Thailand. Condemning a like minded despot? Not likely.

 I totally agree!

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14 hours ago, trainman34014 said:

I see a Military Intervention by Western Forces is most likely the only way this can be brought to a satisfactory end in the name of Democracy; rout the Burmese Military and kill off all the Generals who were all complicit in crimes against humanity before the Coup even started.   Oh yes; it would bring cries of foul play by China and the likes of the Thai Junta and others but it's time Western leaders grew some Balls and stood up for the rights of the people of these country's who are being bullied into submission by Despots who are power and money crazy.

 

Unfortunately that is not going to happen, e.g. no weapons of mass destruction and not threatening to destabilise the US currency, add to that they don't have any oil.

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15 hours ago, trainman34014 said:

I see a Military Intervention by Western Forces is most likely the only way this can be brought to a satisfactory end in the name of Democracy; rout the Burmese Military and kill off all the Generals who were all complicit in crimes against humanity before the Coup even started.   Oh yes; it would bring cries of foul play by China and the likes of the Thai Junta and others but it's time Western leaders grew some Balls and stood up for the rights of the people of these country's who are being bullied into submission by Despots who are power and money crazy.

Cant see that happening unless there is a lot of oil there.

 

 

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17 hours ago, snoop1130 said:

Myanmar suppression "like Tiananmen Square" as police shoot protesters, killing at least 9

if the world wants to help the people of myammar, well, in that case, there is only one interlocutor: china!

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16 hours ago, trainman34014 said:

I see a Military Intervention by Western Forces is most likely the only way this can be brought to a satisfactory end in the name of Democracy; rout the Burmese Military and kill off all the Generals who were all complicit in crimes against humanity before the Coup even started.   Oh yes; it would bring cries of foul play by China and the likes of the Thai Junta and others but it's time Western leaders grew some Balls and stood up for the rights of the people of these country's who are being bullied into submission by Despots who are power and money crazy.

You are right but I think we all know that is not going to happen.  

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5 hours ago, jaiyen said:

Fully supported by China.

 

 

4 hours ago, bartender100 said:

The world has stood by and watched the poor people of Myanmar suffer for decades under the military boot.

 

Can't see anyone helping them soon, no oil or strategic importance, only the Chinese can sort this out, and they won't

From my ex-coworkers in Yangon, they are boycotting EVERYTHING COMING ACROSS THE BORDER.....fruits, textiles, small equipment...etc

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the Burmese have come a long ways in the past 11 years since the 2010 election an even more so in the past 6 since Aung Sa was elected.  Be hard to go backwards now

 

As far as poor, i find the khmers alot poorer than the Burmese and Burma has many more natural resources.  (Jade, Oil, Timber, Gems)

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19 hours ago, PatOngo said:

Interesting that they've crushed democracy to protect democracy, utter BS! Even more interesting is that ASEAN has stood by like lame ducks and done nothing to condemn the juntas actions!

 

 

not surprising all birds of a feather. 

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