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Myanmar’s military executed 19 people as Australia joined calls to release political prisoners | Instant News


Nineteen people have been sentenced to death in Myanmar for killing a fellow military captain, said military-owned TV station Myawaddy, the first public sentence announced since the February 1 coup and the crackdown on protesters.

The report said the killings took place on March 27 in the Okkalapa North district of Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city. Martial law has been imposed in the district, allowing military courts to hand down sentences.

The military ruler who overthrew the elected government said his campaign of protest against his rule was waning because people wanted peace and would hold elections in two years, the first time frame given for a return to democracy.

Troops fired rifle grenades at anti-coup protesters in the town of Bago, near Yangon, witnesses and news reports said.

At least 10 people were killed and their bodies piled inside the pagoda, they said.

Myanmar Now News and Mawkun, an online news magazine, said at least 20 people were killed and many injured.

Nearly 50 children have been killed since the February coup.(

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Junta spokesman Brigadier General Zaw Min Tun told a press conference in the capital, Naypyitaw, that the country was back to normal and that government ministries and banks would soon be fully operational.

More than 600 people have been killed by security forces cracking down on protests against the coup, according to an activist group. The country came to a standstill due to protests and widespread strikes against military rule.

“The reason for reducing the protests is because of the cooperation of people who want peace, which we value,” said General Zaw Min Tun.

“We ask people to cooperate with the security forces and help them.”

He said the military had recorded 248 deaths and he denied that automatic weapons had been used. Sixteen policemen were also killed, he said.

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Analysts warn that Myanmar may be on the brink of collapse.(

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Foreign ambassadors called for the restoration of democracy

The Political Prisoners Assistance Association (AAPP) activist group said 614 people, including 48 children, had been killed by security forces since the coup, through Thursday evening (local time).

More than 2,800 people were detained, he said.

“We are humbled by their courage and dignity,” said a group of 18 ambassadors in Myanmar about the protesters in a joint statement.

“We stand together to support the hopes and aspirations of all those who believe in a free, just, peaceful and democratic Myanmar. Violence must be stopped, all political prisoners must be released and democracy must be restored.”

The statement was signed by the ambassadors of the United States, United Kingdom, European Union, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Switzerland and several other European countries.

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An Australian couple was released from house arrest in Myanmar.

“Advice from neighboring countries and big countries as well as powerful people in politics, we respect them,” said General Zaw Min Tun.

He also accused members of the National League for Democracy ousted by leader Aung San Suu Kyi of setting fire and said the protest campaign was financed by foreign money, but gave no details.

Suu Kyi and many of her fellow party members have been detained since the coup.

General Zaw Min Tun said reports that some members of the international community did not recognize the military government were “fake news”.

“We cooperate with foreign countries and cooperate with neighboring countries,” the spokesman said.

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Anti-coup protesters walk through a market with an image of deposed Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi in Yangon.(

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Pressure is growing on the UN Security Council to act

The ousted Myanmar politician urged the UN Security Council to take action against the military.

“Our people are ready to pay whatever it costs to regain their rights and freedoms,” said Zin Mar Aung, who has been appointed acting foreign minister for a group of ousted politicians.

He urged council members to apply direct and indirect pressure on the junta.

“Myanmar is on the brink of state failure, state collapse,” Richard Horsey, a senior Myanmar adviser at the International Crisis Group, said at an informal UN meeting, the first public discussion on Myanmar by a council member.

The UN’s special envoy to Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener, wanted to visit the country but said she had been rejected by the generals.

He said on Friday he had arrived in Bangkok, the capital of neighboring Thailand.

“I’m sorry the Tatmadaw answered me yesterday because they weren’t ready to accept me,” Schraner Burgener said on Twitter, referring to the Myanmar military.

“I am ready for dialogue. Violence has never resulted in a sustainable, peaceful solution.”

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Britain offers protection to Myanmar’s deposed ambassador – World | Instant News


Britain has said it is willing to offer protection to Myanmar’s ambassador to London after he was ousted from his embassy by pro-junta diplomats.

Kyaw Zwar Minn met on Thursday with Nigel Adams, Britain’s Foreign Minister for Asia, after his hosts said they could no longer recognize him as an ambassador in line with the junta’s decision to quit his post.

“I respect his courage and patriotism. We will support him to ensure his safety and security in Britain,” Adams said in a tweet over a picture of the two men looking grim at their meeting.

Britain said it condemned the envoy’s ban from the embassy on Tuesday, after which he was forced to sleep in his car overnight as anti-junta protesters gathered outside, watched by London police.

“In light of Mr Minn’s oppressive behavior, we are trying to ensure he can live safely in Britain while he decides his long-term future,” said a Foreign Office spokesman.

“We continue to call for an end to the coup in Myanmar and a speedy restoration of democracy.”

Kyaw Zwar Minn has appealed for British help, raising the likelihood that he could die if returned to Myanmar.

Asked if he would be killed if he agreed to the military leadership’s demands for his return, he said: “Who knows?”

Daily protests demanding a return to democracy after a military coup in February have rocked Myanmar and brought a brutal response from the armed forces, with at least 614 civilians killed according to local monitoring groups.

Kyaw Zwar Minn, a former colonel with 30 years in the military, has spoken out against the coup and expressed support for the civilian government ousted from Aung San Suu Kyi.

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WorldView: UK restricts use of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine; Myanmar Ambassador to UK locked out of embassy | Instant News


WorldView: UK restricts use of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine; Myanmar Ambassador to UK locked out of embassy – CBS News


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The United Kingdom is dialing back the use of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for people younger than 30. Myanmar’s ambassador in London spent in the night in his car after he says he was locked out out of the embassy amid ongoing fallout from the country’s military coup. CBS News foreign correspondent Roxana Saberi joins CBSN AM with these stories and more.

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Australia asked the Myanmar military to release Australia’s economic adviser | Instant News


MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia on Friday asked Myanmar’s ruling military to immediately release an Australian economic adviser to ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been in detention for two months.

Sean Turnell, a professor of economics at Macquarie University in Sydney who has advised Suu Kyi for years, was reportedly charged a week ago under Myanmar’s official secrets law, along with Suu Kyi and several of her ministers.

Describing it as “arbitrary detention”, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said in a statement that Turnell had been detained with limited consular access.

“Australia continues to seek immediate release and official information on the reasons for his detention both in Myanmar and through the embassy in Australia,” a foreign ministry spokesman said in a statement. We call on the military regime to allow Professor Turnell to return to his family in Australia.

Turnell is the first foreign national to be arrested after a February 1 military coup overthrew Suu Kyi’s government.

Reporting by Lidia Kelly. Edited by Gerry Doyle

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More than 80% of the vote in Bengal, 77% in Assam in the second round of elections, other headlines | Instant News


At a glance the headlines now:

  1. The second phase of voting ends in Assam, Bengal in the midst of chaos at Nandigram: As many as 77.21% of voters cast their votes in Assam, while 80.43% of the votes were recorded in West Bengal. Supporters of the Trinamool Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party clashed at a booth at Nandigram in the presence of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is fighting for a seat against former aide Suvendu Adhikari.
  2. Pakistan rejects the decision to resume imports from India until the cancellation of Article 370 is repealed: The decision was taken at a state cabinet meeting, where Prime Minister Imran Khan was also present. On Wednesday, the main trade committee in Pakistan has given the green signal for importing sugar and cotton from India.
  3. As Bhubaneswar recorded its hottest day in March, the IMD said mostly India experienced a heat wave early: Officials from the weather department said that some areas in eastern, central and northwest India recorded heat waves much earlier than expected.
  4. Corona virus Vaccinations will be given throughout April, including holidays, said the Center: The Center directs all states and Union Territories to make the necessary arrangements for inoculation.
  5. Actor Rajinikanth for receiving the Dadasaheb Phalke Award: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was very happy that Rajinikanth was selected for the award.
  6. The NIA raided the activists’ homes in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana for alleged Maoist ties: The People’s Union for Civil Liberties said that the raids on the homes of more than 25 activists and writers began on Wednesday afternoon and continued into the early hours of Thursday.
  7. DMK A King is prohibited from campaigning for 48 hours after comments to CM Tamil Nadu: The polling body said her remarks were obscene and “demeaning the motherhood of women”.
  8. Center attracts cutting interest rates on PPF, savings deposits, said the command issued by the supervisor: Congress said that the Minister of Finance Nirmala Sitharaman has no “moral right” to continue as finance minister.
  9. India condemns Myanmar’s violence at UN Security Council meetings; UN envoy warns of civil war: India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations TS Tirumurti told the UN Security Council that the situation in Myanmar must be resolved peacefully and that the issue requires greater involvement.
  10. Karnataka HC allows CM Yediyurappa’s investigation into the 2019 ‘Operation Lotus’ controversy: Congress alleges that the collapse of its government in 2019 was orchestrated by the BJP, which used money and power to fabricate defections.

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