Myanmar protests: Dozens killed in 'blackest day' since coup

  • Myanmar protests: Dozens killed in 'blackest day' since coup

Myanmar protests: Dozens killed in 'blackest day' since coup

"The stone age is over, we're not scared because you threaten us", the crowd chanted.

"I think he's around 25 but we're still waiting for family members", a doctor who examined the victim said.

Demonstrators returned to the streets of Yangon, the country's largest city, on Thursday, but police appeared to use force to disperse the crowds again.

Reuters news agency said at least nine people have been killed, including five people in the central town of Monywa, quoting witnesses and media reports.

According to multiple reports from several cities and towns, police and military used live ammunition, as well as tear gas and rubber bullets, to quell protests in the deadliest day since demonstrations against February's coup broke out.

United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet demanded the security forces halt what she called their "vicious crackdown on peaceful protesters".

As part of the crackdown, security forces have also arrested around 1,200 people, including journalists, according to United Nations envoy Schraner Burgener.

Google said in December it had terminated 34 YouTube channels following investigation into coordinated influence operations linked to Myanmar.

He called on the military to seek a peaceful solution but acknowledged external pressure would have only a limited impact on the situation.

A spokesman for the ruling military council did not answer telephone calls seeking comment.

"He said that it is due to the constitution", she said.

A clash over who represents Myanmar at the United Nations in NY was averted - for now - after the junta's replacement quit and the Myanmar UN mission confirmed that Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun remained in the job.

Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun was sacked by the junta after denouncing the coup at a meeting of the U.N. General Assembly on Friday.

Protests against the military coup in Myanmar continued.

One diplomat in the embassy also resigned and at least three others said in posts on social media they were joining the civil disobedience movement of strikes against the military government. Nineteen policemen crossed into India this week fearing persecution for disobeying orders, Indian police told Reuters.

The junta has promised to hold new elections at an unspecified date, but activists have rejected that and demand the release of Suu Kyi, who has been held in detention since the coup.

Military Chief Min Aung Hlaing declared a one-year state of emergency and said new elections will be held to bring about a "true and disciplined democracy".

The military, which ruled for almost 50 years until it began stepping back from politics a decade ago, said an election Suu Kyi won in a landslide in November was marred by fraud.

The military justified the coup by saying its complaints of voter fraud in the November 8 vote were ignored.

New measures are also being taken to stop United Kingdom businesses working with Myanmar's military. USA officials froze those funds indefinitely, they said.

The US Commerce Department designated trading curbs on Myanmar's Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Home Affairs and two military conglomerates that control swathes of the economy, with interests ranging from beer to real estate.

"I urge the Council to take decisive and unified action against the military junta, including targeted sanctions, an arms embargo, and a referral to the International Criminal Court to investigate and prosecute atrocities committed since the coup on February 1 and those committed against ethnic groups in years prior", he said.

"China needs to be a constructive, responsible actor when it comes to the military coup in Burma". He said, "so when it comes to China, our message has been very clear".