Myanmar

  • Protesters in Myanmar launch ‘Easter egg strike’
    YANGON, April 4 (AP): Pro-democracy demonstrators in Myanmar, adept at finding themes to tie together protests nationwide, took to the streets holding painted eggs in a nod to the Easter holiday on Sunday. In the biggest city of Yangon, one group marched through the Insein district chanting and singing protest songs and cradling eggs bearing the slogan “Spring Revolution.” Many of the eggs also bore a drawing of the three-fingered salute, a symbol of resistance to the Fe
  • UN condemns violence against Myanmar protesters and deaths
    UNITED NATIONS, April 2 (AP) — The U.N. Security Council late Thursday strongly condemned the use of violence against peaceful protesters in Myanmar and the deaths of hundreds of civilians, but dropped the threat of possible future action against the military following the Feb. 1 coup. The British-drafted press statement approved by all 15 council members after intense negotiations that began Wednesday expressed “deep concern at the rapidly deteriorating situation”
  • Myanmar still mired in violence 2 months after military coup
    YANGON, Myanmar, April 2 (AP) — Protesters in Myanmar on Thursday marked two months since the military seized power by again defying the threat of lethal violence and demonstrating against its toppling of the country’s democratically elected government. Security forces have escalated violence and routinely shot protesters but have been unable to crush the massive public resistance to the Feb. 1 coup. International condemnation and sanctions imposed by Western nations on
  • Biden expresses outrage over civilian killings in Myanmar
    It's terrible. It's absolutely outrageous. And based on the reporting I've gotten, an awful lot of people have been killed totally unnecessarily, Biden said. WASHINGTON, March 29 PTI): US President Joe Biden has expressed outrage over the recent killings of innocent people by the security forces in Myanmar, where military junta overthrew a democratically elected government. “It's terrible. It's absolutely outrageous. And based on the reporting I've gotten
  • Funerals become scenes of Myanmar resistance, more violence
    YANGON, Myanmar, March 29 (AP) — Myanmar security forces opened fire Sunday on a crowd attending the funeral of student who was killed on the bloodiest day yet of a crackdown on protests against last month’s coup, local media reported. The escalating violence — which took the lives of at least 114 people Saturday, including several children — has prompted a U.N. human rights expert to accuse the junta of committing “mass murder” and to criticize t
  • Martial law imposed in parts of Myanmar city as deaths rise
    Yangon, March 15 (AP) Myanmar's ruling junta has declared martial law in parts of the country's largest city as security forces killed more protesters in an increasingly lethal crackdown on resistance to last month's military coup. At least 38 people were killed Sunday and dozens were injured in one of the deadliest days of the crackdown, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, an independent group tracking the toll of the violence. Most of th
  • Myanmar civilian leader vows 'revolution' against junta
    Mandalay, March 14 (AP) The civilian leader of Myanmar's government in hiding vowed to continue supporting a revolution to oust the military that seized power in last month's coup, as security forces again met protesters with lethal forces, killing at least seven. Mahn Win Khaing Than, who was named the acting vice president by Myanmar's ousted lawmakers and is a member of deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party, addressed the public on Saturday for the first time si
  • 4 killed as Myanmar forces continue crackdown on protesters
    MANDALAY, Myanmar, March 13 (AP) — Security forces in Myanmar on Saturday again met protests against last month’s military takeover with lethal force, killing at least four people by shooting live ammunition at demonstrators. Three deaths were reported in Mandalay, the country’s second-biggest city, and one in Pyay, a town in south-central Myanmar. There were multiple reports on social media of the deaths, along with photos of dead and wounded people in both locati
  • Meetei communities in Dimapur hold candle light vigil for Myanmar
    Dimapur, March 11 (MExN): The Dimapur Meetei Council and Chümoukedima Meetei Apunba Lup held a joint mass candle light vigil programme at Meetei Mandop, Manipuri Colony and marched till Tiniali Junction, Chatteswary Colony in Dimapur on March 10. The programme was held to express solidarity with the Meeteis in particular and all innocent civilians living in Myanmar during the prevailing turmoil in the country, Prem Thongbam, Media Secretary and Treasurer of the Dimapur Meetei C
  • India orders Assam Rifles to prevent influx from Myanmar
    Kolkata, March 7 (IANS) The Union Home Ministry has asked the paramilitary Assam Rifles to prevent any Myanmar national from crossing into Indian territory and push back any found attempting to cross over. The Assam Rifles guards the India-Myammar border in the northeast, while the BSF guards the border with Bangladesh. Top sources in the paramilitary force said that the "instructions from the top" was clear and unambiguous -- no Myanmar national should be allowed to en
  • Escalating violence ups pressure for Myanmar sanctions
    Bangkok, March 7 (AP) The escalation of violence in Myanmar as authorities crack down on protests against the Feb. 1 coup is raising pressure for more sanctions against the junta, even as countries struggle over how to best sway military leaders inured to global condemnation. The challenge is made doubly difficult by fears of harming ordinary citizens who were already suffering from an economic slump worsened by the pandemic but are braving risks of arrest and injury to voice outrag
  • Myanmar writes to Mizoram government, seeks handover of 8 cops who fled coup-hit country
    Aizawl, March 6 (PTI) Myanmar has requested the administration in Mizoram to send back eight policemen, who have apparently crossed over to the northeastern state to take refuge, following last month's military coup in the neighbouring country, an official here said. Mizoram shares a 510-km-long porous border with Myanmar, where mass demonstrations are being held in protest against the declaration of a year-long emergency by the country's armed forces. According to Maria
  • UN: 38 died on deadliest day yet for Myanmar coup opposition
    Yangon, March 4 (AP): Myanmar security forces were seen firing slingshots at protesters, chasing them down and even brutally beating an ambulance crew in video showing a dramatic escalation of violence against opponents of last month's military coup. A UN official speaking from Switzerland said 38 people had been killed Wednesday, a figure consistent with other reports though accounts are difficult to confirm inside the country. The increasingly deadly violence could galvanise t
  • Facebook bans all Myanmar military-linked accounts and ads
    Yangon, February 25 (AP): Social media giant Facebook announced Thursday it was banning all accounts linked to Myanmar's military as well as ads from military-controlled companies in the wake of the army's seizure of power on February 1. It said in a statement that it was treating the post-coup situation in Myanmar as an emergency, explaining that the ban was precipitated by events since the coup, including deadly violence. Facebook already has banned several military-lin
  • Myanmar police file new charge against Aung San Suu Kyi 
    Yangon, February 16 (AP): Police in Myanmar filed a new charge against ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi, her lawyer said Tuesday, which may allow her to be held indefinitely without trial. Lawyer Khin Maung Zaw told reporters after meeting with a judge in the capital, Naypyitaw, that Suu Kyi has been charged with violating Article 25 of the Natural Disaster Management Law, which has been used to prosecute people who have broken coronavirus restrictions. Suu Kyi, who was ousted in a
  • Internet restored in protest-hit Myanmar after shutdown
    Nay Pyi Taw, February 15 (IANS): Internet access in Myanmar is returning to normal after a full-blown connection snap amid ongoing protests in the country against the military takeover, traffic tracker NetBlocks reported on Monday. "Internet connectivity is being restored in #Myanmar from 9 am local time; network data show national connectivity rising to ordinary levels after information blackout; social media still restricted for most users; incident duration ~8 hours," S
  • Myanmar amends law on protecting citizens' personal freedom, security
    Nay Pyi Taw, February 14 (IANS): Myanmar's new military-led State Administration Council led by Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Sen-Gen Min Aung Hlaing issued an order amending the Protection of the Citizens for the Personal Freedom and Personal Security Law. According to the order issued on Saturday, Sections 5, 7 and 8 of the law will be suspended during the state of emergency declared on February 1, reports Xinhua news agency. The suspended Section 5 says that the r
  • Myanmar remits sentences of over 23,000 prisoners amid protests
    Nay Pyi Taw, February 12 (IANS): Myanmar's new military-led State Administration Council on Friday announced the remittances of more than 23,000 prisoners, both local and foreigners, as protests against the February 1 coup continued for a seventh consecutive day. Council chair Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing granted pardon to the inmates -- 23,314 local, 55 foreigners -- who received punishments for any offence before January 31, 2021,
  • Police in Myanmar crack down on crowds defying protest ban
    Yangon, February 9 (AP): Police cracked down on crowds of demonstrators against Myanmar's military takeover who took to the streets again on Tuesday in defiance of rules making the protests illegal. Water cannons were used in Mandalay, Myanmar's second-biggest city, where witnesses said at least two warning shots were fired to try to make the crowd disperse. Reports on social media said police arrested more than two dozen people there. They also used water cannons in the cap
  • Myanmar to have friendly ties with all countries: Defence chief
    Yangon, February 9 (IANS): Myanmar will conduct friendly cooperation with all countries while the country's foreign policy will not change, Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Sen-Gen Min Aung Hlaing said. In his first televised message to the public after the declaration of a one-year state of emergency, he said that during the period, there will be no change in foreign, executive and economic policies, and Myanmar will continue its current political path, the Xinhua news ag