World: Two months have passed since the military coup in Myanmar and there continues to be a period of violence there. So far, more than 500 pro-democracy supporters have been killed by bullets from the army and security forces.
The United Nations (UN) Security Council on Thursday strongly condemned the death of hundreds of civilians in Myanmar and the use of violence against protesters following the military coup. The Security Council has expressed “grave concern” over the “deteriorating situation” there. However, China has avoided using harsh words in its censure proposal. “We condemn the use of force upon peaceful protesters and the killing of hundreds of people, including women and children,” the Security Council said in its statement. According to Save the Children, an organization working for children’s rights, 43 children have died since the coup. Common citizens, students, teachers and rights activists are continuously demonstrating against the coup and for the restoration of democracy in the country. It is alleged that many times the army does direct firing on them.
The brutal crackdown on demonstrations against the coup
The Myanmar military has been facing public outrage every day since the democratically elected government on 1 February and its leader Aung San Suu Kyi, was ousted from power. The international community has strongly condemned the military operation, but China remains very cautious, emphasizing the importance of Myanmar’s stability. During a closed-door meeting of the Security Council on Wednesday, United Nations Special Envoy Christine S. Bergner warned Myanmar that there was a danger of a fierce civil war in the country. He said, “If we wait to agree to talk to them, not only will the situation on the ground deteriorate, but there is also a risk of bloodshed.”
The Army was not satisfied with the elections held in November 2020 and was raising the issue of fraud in the elections. However, Myanmar’s National Election Commission denied accusations of fraud in elections conducted by the military. Suu Kyi’s party had won a big victory in the election.
The European Union and the United States have imposed sanctions since the military’s action. Recently, the European Union had decided to impose sanctions against 11 people involved in the Myanmar coup, while the US had stopped an important trade agreement with Myanmar.