The crisis in Myanmar has reached a boiling point since the military junta snatched elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi on February 1. Anti-coup demonstrations broke out across the country with dozens of demonstrators having been shot dead.
“A protester was taken away by the police and they shot him from very close, maybe only one meter,” said the UN envoy to Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener, was quoted as saying news.com.au, Friday (5/3/2021).
“He did not reject his arrest, and it appears he died on the road,” the UN diplomat continued.
Meanwhile, the military is threatening the residents through TikTok videos. One of the soldiers in the video said; “I will shoot whoever I see”.
Even though dozens of demonstrators were shot dead, the anti-coup protesters did not give up. They continue to demand the restoration of Suu Kyi’s coup government and reject the re-election promised by the military junta.
On the other hand, the military junta continued to act tough against the demonstrators even though the international community, including the United Nations, had expressed criticism. In fact, several Western countries including the United States and Britain have imposed sanctions on Myanmar generals.
The military coup came on February 1 after the military accused the November 2020 elections won by the National League for Democracy (NLD) – Suu Kyi’s party – of fraud. The local election commission has denied these allegations.