Germany calls for end of violence against demonstrators

Angela Merkel (File Photo)

Berlin, Feb 23: The German government condemned the violent action taken by the military of Myanmar, it reiterated its call to end the use of violence against demonstrators and engage in a dialogue that will allow for returning to the democratisation process.

This includes the immediate release of all those who have been detained , especially of State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint, as well as enabling the democratically legitimized , constitutional institutions to again take up their work.

The German Government mourns the death of three demonstrators so far in Myanmar , who bravely denounced the military coup in their country, the German diplomatic official statement said.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has also condemned the use of “deadly violence” in Myanmar, which left two people dead and several injured.

“I condemn the use of deadly violence in Myanmar. The use of lethal force, intimidation and harassment against peaceful demonstrators is unacceptable. Everyone has a right to peaceful assembly. I call on all parties to respect election results and return to civilian rule,” Guterres said in a tweet.

The Myanmar police opened fire on pro-democracy protesters in the city of Mandalay on Saturday, killing two people and wounding dozens, according to witnesses.

Over 1,000 demonstrators gathered at the shipyard to block the police, leading to a tense standoff that lasted Saturday afternoon. The authorities used water cannons, rubber bullets, tear gas, slingshots and ultimately live ammunition to break up the crowd, witnesses said.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has held talks with allied countries in recent days to press for a firm international response.

“We condemn any violence against the people of Burma and reiterate our calls on the Burmese military to refrain from violence against peaceful protesters… the United States will continue to lead the diplomatic effort to galvanize the international community into collective action against those responsible for this coup,” spokesman Ned Price said in a press briefing on Friday.

On February 1, Myanmar’s military overthrew the government and declared a year-long state of emergency hours before the newly-elected parliament was due to convene. The coup triggered mass protests across the country.

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