Myanmar’s UN ambassador fired after anti-army speech

Myanmar's ambassador to the United Nations Kyaw Moe Tun holds up three fingers at the end of his speech in New York
Myanmar envoy makes emotional appeal for UN action against coup. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: Myanmar’s military rulers say they have fired Myanmar’s ambassador to the UN, a day after the ambassador called for help to remove the army from power.

Kyaw Moe Tun said in an emotional speech to the United Nations that no-one should co-operate with the military until it handed back power to the democratically elected government.

Security forces in Myanmar intensified a crackdown on anti-coup protesters on Saturday.

Dozens were arrested, a woman was shot in the city of Monwya and her condition is not clear, according to local media.

The country has been rocked by protests since top government leaders, including democratically elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi, were overthrown and detained after the army took power on 1 February.

On Friday, while speaking at the UN General Assembly, Kyaw Moe Tun urged the international community to use “any means necessary to take action” against the military to help “restore the democracy”. The ambassador said he was representing Ms Suu Kyi’s ousted government.

He said: “We need further strongest possible action from the international community to immediately end the military coup, to stop oppressing the innocent people, to return the state power to the people and to restore the democracy.”

The speech was met with applause and the new US envoy to the body, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, was among those praising his remarks as “courageous”.

In a further show of defiance, the Myanmar ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun held up three fingers, a gesture against authoritarian rule that has been adopted by anti-coup protesters in the country.

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