More than 60 protestors have been killed and 1,900 have been arrested in Myanmar since the coup, said the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, an advocacy group has stated.
The Myanmar security forces launched tear gas and surrounded hundreds of anti-junta protestors at two places in Yangon yesterday. In New York, the UN Security Council failed to agree on a statement that would have condemned the coup in Myanmar, called for restraints by the military and threatened to consider “further measures”.
Security forces have cracked down with increasing force on daily, nationwide protests, leaving the Southeast Asia nation in turmoil. In Myanmar’s second city, Mandalay, protestors staged a sit-in protest on Wednesday, chanting: “The revolution must prevail.”
On Tuesday, Zaw Myat Linn, an official from Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD), died in custody after he was arrested. “He’s been participating continuously in the protests”, said Ba Myo Thein, a member of the dissolved upper house of the parliament. The cause of his death was not clear.