UN warns Myanmar junta of ‘severe consequences’

UN warns Myanmar junta of 'severe consequences'
Protesters are defying a clampdown on opposition. Source: GETTY IMAGES
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Daily US Times: The United Nations has warned Myanmar’s military junta there would be “severe consequences” for any brutal suppression of the ongoing anti-coup protests there.

Christine Schraner Burgener, UN Special Envoy, said “the right of peaceful assembly must fully be respected”.

Access to the internet in the country was restored on Tuesday morning after it had been cut off for a second night.

Myanmar military has been regularly blocking the web to try to stifle dissent since the 1 February coup.

Ms Schraner Burgener’s warning came during Monday’s phone conversation with the junta’s deputy head Soe Win, a UN spokesperson said.

The UN special envoy stressed that internet blackouts “undermine core democratic principles”.

Myanmar has seen days of protests following a military takeover which saw the junta overthrow elected leaders, including the country’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, due to alleged voter fraud.

The Myanmar military has not provided any evidence to support these claims.

Protesters were out again early on Tuesday, with crowds gathering in the country’s biggest city Yangon and Mandalay. BBC reported that monks were seen heading out on the streets of Yangon in a mostly peaceful scene.

Outside the city, protesters were pictured lying down on the tracks in a bid to disrupt services. Train services between Yangon and the southern city of Mawlamyine were blocked as a result, according to Reuters.

The turnout at recent protests against the junta appeared to have grown smaller than the ones seen last week, which saw tens of thousands of people in attendance, as the military has stepped up its presence.

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