Myanmar forces kill 82 in single day in city

Myanmar forces kill 82 in single day in city

A spokesman for Myanmar's military junta could not be reached on Saturday.

China and Russian Federation wield veto power at the Security Council and generally oppose worldwide sanctions, although Beijing - the top ally of Myanmar's military - has voiced growing concern about instability in its neighbour.

By Saturday evening, the Assistance Association of Political Prisoners - a local monitoring group tracking deaths - confirmed "over 80 anti-coup protesters were killed by security forces in Bago on Friday".

Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun, who has passionately rejected the Feb 1 coup and brushed aside the junta's claims that he no longer represents Myanmar, told the Security Council that there has been a "lack of adequate and strong action" despite hundreds of deaths, including of children.

"Norway strongly urges Myanmar not to carry out the executions, to stop the violence and allow the UN Special Envoy to visit", said Norwegian foreign minister Ine Eriksen Soreide in a tweet.

"I say categorically, we can not - we simply can not - allow the military to destabilize the region once again through its unrelenting campaign of violence, their campaign of repression, and especially - especially - against the backdrop of an unprecedented global pandemic", Linda Thomas-Greenfield said.

"We are seeking further information following an incident at Myanmar's embassy in London", a British foreign office spokesperson said in a statement.

United Nations special envoy for Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener, arrived in Bangkok on Friday on a mission to resolve the crisis in Myanmar, although she has been denied permission to visit the country.

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"The suggestions from neighboring countries and big countries and powerful people in politics, we respect them", Zaw Min Tun said.

Burgener had sought face-to-face meetings with the junta as well as civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, detained since the coup.

A foreign ministry spokesman in Beijing said China was in contact with "all parties" as part of efforts to restore stability. While early reports indicated 10 people lost their lives, activists later said the death toll was much greater.

State-run media announced on Friday night that 19 people had been sentenced to death for robbery and murder under a military tribunal - with 17 of them tried in absentia.

The security forces were accused of using heavy weapons, including rocket-propelled grenades and mortars, with photographs published on social media backing up this claim.

The military has retaliated with air strikes in KNU's territory, which the rebel group says has displaced more than 10,000 civilians in Karen state.

Protesters gathered outside the mission with the ousted ambassador, who told the Daily Telegraph that "when I left the embassy, they stormed inside the embassy and took it".

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