Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Yangon on Thursday, the fifth month since the coup in the country.
The UN spokesperson said that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged the Myanmar military to release Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint now, five months after the coup d’état, thousands of other detainees. The day after his release.
Myanmar has been in turmoil since the army took power on February 1 and overthrew Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected government.
“We once again call for the immediate release of all those who have been arbitrarily detained, including President Win Myint and State Councilor Aung San Suu Kyi,” Guterres deputy spokesperson Eri Kaneko said on Thursday.
Myanmar released more than 2,000 detainees on WednesdayAccording to local media reports, including reporters and other military figures, they have been charged with incitement and incitement for participating in protests.
According to a law criminalizing speech that may cause fear or spread false information, many opponents of the military have been imprisoned, some of which have been convicted. Aung San Suu Kyi is being tried for similar crimes and other charges and is still in custody.
Kaneko said: “We are still deeply concerned about the continued violence and intimidation of the security forces, including arbitrary arrests.”
Burning military uniforms
Commemorating the fifth month after the coupOn Thursday, hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Yangon, the country’s largest city, setting fire to military uniforms and chanting democracy.
The protest is one of the biggest protests in Yangon in recent weeks, although daily demonstrations against the military are held in many parts of the Southeast Asian country.
“What do we want? Democracy! Democracy!” the protesters chanted as they crossed the street in colorful smoke bombs.
“For the people! Serving the people,” they shouted in a video posted by Reuters.
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They lit a set of military uniforms before dispersing.
Reuters could not immediately reach a military spokesperson for comment.
Since the coup, the Burmese army has been working hard to exercise power. It faces protests, strikes have paralyzed the public and private sectors, and conflicts in the border areas have returned.
The military authorities refer to their opponents as terrorists. On Wednesday, it released more than 2,000 prisoners, most of whom have been detained since the coup.
The Political Prisoners militant organization Aid Association stated that more than 6,400 people have been arrested since the coup. The death toll exceeds 880, and the military says this number is exaggerated.
The military stated that its takeover is constitutional. It accused of fraud in an election swept by Aung San Suu Kyi’s party in November. The former Election Commission rejected its allegations.
Simultaneously, Detained American journalist Daniel Finster His lawyer said that he appeared to have lost weight, but said Thursday that he was fine because his incitement allegation case was postponed to July 15 in a Myanmar court.
Fenster, 37, was detained at the main international airport in May while preparing to leave the country.
Phil Robertson, deputy director of Human Rights Watch Asia, said that Fenster’s continued detention was “heinous and unacceptable” and that he should be released.
“Independent reporting of local events in Myanmar should not be considered a crime,” he said in a statement.