Myanmar activists find new ways to protest as EU approves sanctions on junta

YANGON: Protesters honked automobile horns in Myanmar on Monday (Mar 22) and planted posters in an empty sq. to keep away from arrest, damage or loss of life as the European Union authorised sanctions on 11 individuals linked to final month’s coup and subsequent crackdown

At least 250 individuals have been killed thus far in anti-junta protests which the safety forces are attempting to stamp out, in accordance to figures from the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners activist group.

“The number of murders has reached an unbearable extent, which is why we will not be able to avoid imposing sanctions,” German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas instructed reporters as he arrived in Brussels for a gathering along with his EU counterparts.

Maas later mentioned the “excesses of violence” in Myanmar was “absolutely unacceptable”. 

The 11 navy officers concerned within the coup and repression of demonstrators shall be hit with asset freezes and visa bans. The EU’s international coverage chief Josep Borrell mentioned earlier that their names shall be made public after the assembly.

READ: Myanmar protesters voice defiance as junta reminds of ‘external threats’


Anti-coup protesters maintain pink balloons, calling for international intervention to assist them in downtown Yangon, Myanmar on Mar 22, 2021. (Photo: AP)

According to diplomats and two inner paperwork seen by Reuters final week, the EU can be planning to goal corporations “generating revenue for, or providing financial support to, the Myanmar Armed Forces”.

“We don’t intend to punish the people of Myanmar but those who blatantly violate human rights,” Maas mentioned.

A spokesman for the junta didn’t reply to calls in search of remark. He has beforehand mentioned safety forces have used power solely when mandatory.

The Southeast Asian nation has been locked in disaster because the elected authorities led by Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi was overthrown by the navy on Feb 1.

The violence has pressured many voters to suppose up novel ways to specific their rejection of a return to military rule.


In downtown areas of the business capital Yangon, motorists honked automobile horns in response to a name on social media to mark the one-month anniversary of the launch of one of many greatest demonstrations because the coup.

In the western city of Mindat in Chin state, protesters planted scores of posters in a sq. in entrance of the principle market saying “Military dictatorship must fail”.

READ: Myanmar military’s use of lethal force ‘disastrous’, but sense can still prevail: PM Lee


Anti-coup protesters flash three-fingered gesture, an emblem of resistance, throughout a rally outdoors their houses in downtown Yangon, Myanmar, on Mar 22, 2021. (Photo: AP)

In the newest violence, one particular person was killed within the nation’s second metropolis of Mandalay, assist employees and information stories mentioned.

Four individuals had been killed and a number of other wounded within the metropolis on Sunday when safety forces opened fireplace after residents tried to resist efforts by the navy to arrange a base in a college, the Myanmar Now information portal reported.

One man was shot lifeless and a number of other had been wounded when police opened fireplace on a bunch organising a barricade within the central city of Monywa, a health care provider there mentioned on Sunday as a neighborhood group issued a name on Facebook for blood donors.

“Sniper, sniper,” individuals will be heard shouting in a video clip shortly after the person was shot within the head in Monywa and extra pictures rang out.

State media mentioned on Sunday that males on bikes attacked a member of the safety forces who later died. The navy mentioned two policemen had been killed in earlier protests.


The junta says a Nov 8 election received by Aung San Suu Kyi’s social gathering was fraudulent, an accusation rejected by the electoral fee. Military leaders have promised a new election however haven’t set a date.

Asian neighbours, who’ve for years prevented criticising one another, have begun talking out.

Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan visited Brunei Darussalam on Monday earlier than going to Malaysia and Indonesia, that are in search of an pressing assembly of Southeast Asia’s ASEAN regional grouping, of which Myanmar is a member.

READ: 2 journalists detained as Myanmar junta clamps down on press

Myanmar has been shaken by massive protests against the February coup that toppled Aung San Suu

Myanmar has been shaken by large protests towards the February coup that toppled Aung San Suu Kyi’s authorities. (Photo: AFP)

Heng Swee Keat, deputy prime minister of Singapore, mentioned his nation was “appalled by the violent crackdowns against civilians” and referred to as for a return to the democratic transition.

Singapore, which has deep financial ties with Myanmar, has beforehand referred to as the navy motion a “national shame”.

The BBC mentioned on Monday that one among its reporters in Myanmar who was detained by plainclothes males three days in the past had been freed. Aung Thura, from the BBC’s Burmese service, was detained on Friday together with a journalist who works for the home Mizzima information service.

There was no quick phrase on the whereabouts of the Mizzima reporter.

READ: Myanmar’s UN ambassador vows to continue fighting after junta fires him

The military has unleashed a crackdown against anti-coup protesters

The navy has unleashed a crackdown towards anti-coup protesters. (Photo: AFP)

Australian media reported that two Australian enterprise consultants had been detained as they tried to depart Myanmar, nevertheless it was not clear why. An Australian international ministry spokesperson mentioned it was offering consular help however declined to remark additional for privateness causes.

Sean Turnell, an Australian financial adviser to deposed chief Aung San Suu Kyi, was detained final month. The military has not introduced any prices towards Turnell, who’s amongst almost 2,000 individuals the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners says have been detained because the coup.

“Every day I imagine the moment my phone rings and you are at the other end of the line, telling me you are your way home,” Turnell’s spouse Ha Vu wrote on her Facebook web page on Monday. “I pray for that day to be soon. In the meantime, I irrevocably believe that you are still treated well, with dignity and respect.” 


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