Top European Union diplomats said Russia and China were dissatisfied with their international response to the Myanmar crisis, with more than 700 deaths from military crackdowns.
Myanmar has been confused since the military removed civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi from power on February 1.
International efforts to stop violence have so far been unsuccessful, and EU foreign policy director Josep Borrell blocked Russia and China’s efforts to impose an arms embargo on the UN Security Council on Sunday. “It’s not surprising,” he said.
“Geopolitical competition in Myanmar will make it very difficult to find common ground, as we have witnessed many times … but we have a duty to try.” He writes in a blog post.
Europe has become a major export market for Myanmar’s garment industry in recent years, he said, suggesting that the EU could offer more economic ties and investment if the country returns to a democratic path.
“The Myanmar military is accustomed to international isolation and has a decade of history ignoring the needs and will of the national citizens,” he said.
Borel’s comments follow the days of violence in Myanmar, with deadly clashes across the country killing the score.
On weekends, security forces killed at least 82 anti-coup protesters in a brutal crackdown, according to local surveillance groups. A steady flow was seen.
The true number of people killed may never be known-there are reports that security forces have robbed some of the bodies.
The fatal wound was Kotiha, 30, a Bago philanthropist and eldest son of six siblings.
He was shot with the other two trying to escape the soldier over a brick wall.
“The army shouted at him not to run, but he was afraid that the army would shoot him if he didn’t,” his friend told AFP.
“He fell after being shot in the foot, his head hit a brick wall, and he died in the incident.”
His family cremated his body after claiming it from the hospital morgue.
AFP-verified footage shot early Friday showed protesters hiding behind a sandbag barricade wielding a homemade rifle as an explosion was heard in the background.
The UN office in Myanmar tweeted late Saturday that many people injured in Bago were denied treatment.
Overall, the Political Prisoner Assistance Association has confirmed the deaths of 701 civilians since the coup. Military junta claims that a much smaller number was killed.
Despite the bloodshed, protesters continued to gather nationwide on Sunday, both on foot and by motorbike.
According to local media, college students and their professors marched through the cities of Mandalay and Maytilla on Sunday morning.
Some carried Eugenia flower stems-a symbol of victory.
In Yangon, protesters raised a flag stating, “We will win, we will win.”
The demonstrators there, like the city of Monywa, wrote political messages such as “must win” on the leaves and called for UN intervention to prevent further bloodshed.
After sunset, the protesters illuminated the neighborhood with flashlights and sang songs.
Meanwhile, according to local media, a bomb exploded at Myawaddy Bank’s largest branch in Mandalay on Sunday morning, injuring security guards.
The bank is one of many military management companies that have faced boycott pressure since the coup, and many customers are demanding the withdrawal of savings.
Meanwhile, on Sunday, a fierce battle was fought between the Kachin Independence Army and the Myanmar Army, an ethnic armed group, in the town of Momauk in northern Kachin State.
“They tried to enter our area, but our troops tried to stop them on the road,” KIA spokesman Colonel Naw Bu told AFP, and the clash occurred at 8 pm the night before. He added that the Myanmar military had deployed air strikes on them.
“Myanmar troops used cannons and shells in areas where they believed KIA was hiding in the jungle, after which KIA shot them back.”
He could not confirm the number of Myanmar soldiers killed when KIA ambushed two military trucks.
One of the many deadly armed clashes that took place over the weekend following Saturday’s mayhem in the northwestern town of Tam near the Indian border, a temporary barricade built by soldiers to block security forces. Protesters counterattacked when trying to destroy it.
According to locals, two civilians were killed when soldiers began shooting randomly, protesters threw bombs and retaliated, killing more than 12 soldiers.
Armed violence also occurred in northern Shan State as another national rebel group, the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), launched a pre-dawn attack on police stations, said Tar Bhone Kyaw, Brigadier General of TNLA. Please tell me the details.
Local media reported that more than 12 police officers had been killed, but TNLA said the army had retaliated in an airstrike on the army and killed at least one rebel soldier.
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