UN rights chief fears Myanmar heading to ‘full blown battle’ with echoes of Syria
A Fb publish from the Bago College College students’ Union stated the navy charged households 120,000 Myanmar kyat ($85) to retrieve the our bodies of family members who died. Bachelet stated there have been additionally studies the navy “prevented medical personnel from serving to the wounded.”
“There are clear echoes of Syria in 2011. There too, we noticed peaceable protests met with pointless and clearly disproportionate power,” she stated. “The state’s brutal, persistent repression of its personal individuals led to some people taking on arms, adopted by a downward and quickly increasing spiral of violence all throughout the nation.”
Bachelet stated international locations “should not enable the lethal errors of the previous in Syria and elsewhere to be repeated.”
Greater than 700 individuals, together with kids, have died because the navy overthrew Myanmar’s elected authorities in a February 1 coup, based on AAPP. Since then, junta safety forces made up of police, troopers and elite counter-insurgency troops have launched into a scientific crackdown in opposition to unarmed and peaceable protesters, detaining round 3,000 individuals, usually in nighttime raids, and forcing activists into hiding.
Bachelet’s assertion got here as anti-coup activists known as for per week of protests to coincide with the annual New Yr vacation, often called Thingyan. Tuesday marked the primary day of the five-day vacation, which is normally celebrated with prayers, ritual cleansing of Buddha photographs in temples and jubilant public water fights on the streets.
As a substitute of the normal water festivities and dance performances, opponents of the coup stated they’d not rejoice this yr and are displaying their anger on the generals who seized the nation by low-key shows of defiance and small protests, based on Reuters.
“We don’t rejoice Myanmar Thingyan this yr since over 700 of our harmless courageous souls have been killed,” stated one Twitter person named Shwe Ei, Reuters reported.
In a number of cities, protesters walked by the streets holding conventional Thingyan pots containing seven flowers and sprigs which are displayed at the moment of yr. Many individuals painted the protesters’ three-finger salute on their pots. Others daubed messages equivalent to “Save Myanmar” in silent reveals of opposition to the navy, based on Reuters.
Nonetheless, the violence continued in some elements. Within the city of Tamu in northern Sagaing area on Myanmar’s border with India, junta forces raided barricades and shot at individuals’s properties, AAPP reported. A person and a girl had been shot lifeless by troopers as they delivered milk within the city, AAPP and a number of other different native media retailers reported.
CNN has reached out to Myanmar’s navy for remark.
Each day web restrictions on wi-fi information and broadband providers has meant info has slowed to a trickle, particularly in areas removed from the key cities.
In her assertion, Bachelet stated the “overwhelming majority of individuals” have been left “with out entry to very important sources of knowledge and communication.”
“The mass arrests have compelled lots of of individuals to enter hiding, and studies counsel that many journalists, civil society activists, celebrities and different public figures are being sought, many merely due to the dissent they’ve been expressing on-line,” she stated.
On Tuesday, Myanmar military-owned information channel Myawaddy TV aired pictures of 20 well being staff it stated have been charged with incitement for being related to the anti-coup Civil Disobedience Motion. Because the begin of the coup, medics have been on the forefront of protests in opposition to navy rule, and junta forces have focused well being staff, ambulances, and occupied dozens of hospitals.
For the previous a number of weeks, the junta has aired a “wished record” on the 8 p.m. broadcast displaying pictures of celebrities, journalists, actors, and artists charged underneath Part 505 (a) of the Prison Code.
The laws makes it a criminal offense to “hinder, disturb, harm the motivation, self-discipline, well being, conduct” of presidency staff and navy personnel “and trigger their hatred, disobedience, or disloyalty” towards the federal government or navy.
The coup put a cease to Myanmar’s gradual opening to democracy that noticed 10 years of reform following half a century of navy rule. Alongside the road protests and acts of resistance in opposition to the junta, 1000’s of putting staff and civil servants are participating within the Civil Disobedience Motion, which is disrupting the economic system.
“The nation’s economic system, schooling and well being infrastructure have been dropped at the brink of collapse, leaving tens of millions of Myanmar individuals with out livelihood, fundamental providers and, more and more, meals safety,” Bachelet stated.
She known as on international locations with affect to chop off the provision of arms and funds to Myanmar’s navy to halt the “fee of grave human rights violations and doable crimes in opposition to humanity.”
“Statements of condemnation, and restricted focused sanctions, are clearly not sufficient,” she stated.
CNN’s Angus Watson and Reuters contributed reporting.