UN chief Guterres calls for failure of military takeover

UN chief Guterres calls for failure of military takeover
Some residents banged cooking pots in protest in Yangon on Wednesday. Source: AFP
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Daily US Times: The Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres has urged the world community to make sure Monday’s coup in Myanmar fails.

He said, the reversal of elections is “unacceptable” and coup leaders must be made to understand this is no way to rule the country.

The UN Security Council is discussing a possible statement condemning the coup, but China is expected to block any form of words which condemns the coup.

Mr António Guterres called for constitutional order to be re-established in Myanmar. He said he hoped there would be unity in the Security Council on the matter.

The country’s elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi was detained when the army seized power.

Police in Myanmar later filed several charges against Ms Suu Kyi, who has been remanded in custody until 15 February.

Neither Ms Suu Kyi nor deposed President Win Myint have been heard from since the military seized the power.

The coup, led by Myanmar’s army chief Min Aung Hlaing, has seen the installation of an 11-member junta.

The military, which has declared a year-long state of emergency, sought to justify its action by alleging widespread voter fraud in last November’s elections, which Ms Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) won decisively.

Facebook services in Myanmar, also known as Burma, were disrupted on Thursday amid reports the military had ordered telecom companies to block the social media platform.

Facebook confirmed the disruptions, urging “authorities to restore connectivity so that people in Myanmar can communicate with their families and friends and access important information”.

Over the past days, activists had set up Facebook pages to co-ordinate opposition to the military takeover.

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