19 people sentenced to death by the Burmese army

Myanmar's army is waging war on its citizens.  Some say it's time to fight

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The report says the murder took place on March 27 in the North Okkalapa district of Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city. Martial law has been declared in the district, allowing courts martial to pass sentences.

Military leaders who toppled an elected government said on Friday the campaign of protest against his regime was waning because people wanted peace and he would hold an election within two years – the first deadline he gave for a return to democracy.

Troops fired rifle grenades at anti-coup protesters on Friday in the town of Bago, near Yangon, witnesses and reports said. At least 10 people were killed and their bodies piled up inside a pagoda, they said.

Myanmar Now news and Mawkun, an online news magazine, said at least 20 people were killed and many injured. It was not possible to get an accurate toll as troops had cordoned off the area near the pagoda, they said.

Junta spokesperson Brig. General Zaw Min Tun told a press conference in the capital, Naypyitaw, that the country was returning to normal and that ministries and banks would resume full operations soon.

More than 600 people have been killed by security forces who cracked down on protests against the coup, according to an activist group. The country is at a standstill due to protests and widespread strikes against the military regime.

“The reason for the reduction in protests is due to the cooperation of people who want peace, which we appreciate,” Zaw Min Tun said. “We ask people to cooperate with the security forces and help them. “

He said the military had recorded 248 deaths and denied the use of automatic weapons. Sixteen police officers were also killed, he said.

The activist group of the Association for the Assistance of Political Prisoners said 614 people, including 48 children, had been killed by security forces since the coup on Thursday evening. More than 2,800 were in detention, he said.

“We are moved by their courage and dignity,” a group of 18 ambassadors to Myanmar said of the protesters in a joint statement.

“We are united in supporting the hopes and aspirations of all who believe in a free, just, peaceful and democratic Myanmar. The violence must end, all political detainees must be released and democracy must be restored. “

The declaration was signed by the ambassadors of the United States, Great Britain, the EU, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Switzerland and several other European countries.

“Suggestions from neighboring countries and large countries and powerful people in politics, we respect them,” said Zaw Min Tun. He also accused members of the National League for Democracy of ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi of arson and said the protest campaign was funded by foreign funds, but gave no details.

Suu Kyi and several of her party colleagues have been in detention since the coup.

Zaw Min Tun said reports that some members of the international community did not recognize the military government was “fake news.”

“We are cooperating with foreign countries and working with neighboring countries,” the spokesperson said.

Ousted Burmese lawmakers on Friday urged the United Nations Security Council to take action against the military.

“Our people are ready to pay any price to regain their rights and freedom,” said Zin Mar Aung, who has been appointed acting foreign minister from a group of ousted lawmakers. She urged Council members to exert direct and indirect pressure on the junta.

“Myanmar is on the verge of state bankruptcy, state collapse,” said Richard Horsey, senior advisor on Myanmar to the International Crisis Group, at the informal meeting of the UN, the first public discussion on Myanmar by council members.

The UN special envoy for Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener, had wanted to visit the country but said she was rejected by the generals.

She said on Friday that she had arrived in Bangkok, the capital of neighboring Thailand.

“I regret that Tatmadaw told me yesterday that they were not ready to receive me,” Schraner Burgener said on Twitter, referring to the Burmese army. “I am ready for dialogue. Violence never leads to lasting peaceful solutions. “

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