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Myanmar military’s violent post-coup crackdown displaces 250,000 – UN envoy
Violent clashes between the Myanmar military and anti-coup protesters in the wake of the juntas coup that removed Aung San Suu Kyi from power has displaced around 250,000 people, according to a UN envoy monitoring the situation.
Releasing a statement on Twitter, UN Special Rapporteur Tom Andrews called the situation in the country a “humanitarian catastrophe,” claiming that the “junta’s attacks have already left nearly a quarter million Myanmar people displaced.”
Horrified to learn that in addition to murdering at least 737 people & arresting well over 3200, the junta's attacks have already left nearly a quarter million Myanmar people displaced, according to sources. The world must act immediately to address this humanitarian catastrophe. pic.twitter.com/wpNjufbK3K— UN Special Rapporteur Tom Andrews (@RapporteurUn) April 20, 2021
Violence in response to anti-coup demonstrations has become a daily occurrence in the country, with citizens rising up against the military’s attempts to secure a firm grip on power. Footage on social media has shown tear gas and grenades being thrown by the army, as well as bullets fired at protesters.
The dictatorial military council fired on the peaceful protesters in Mogok in Myanmar !— Merliah (@Merliah36147410) April 17, 2021
*Three people* were killed by them!#WhatIsHappeningInMyanmar #Apr17Coup #RejectMilitaryCoupInMyanmar #WeNeedR2PInMyanmarImmediately pic.twitter.com/lWgwMqn8AS
The Karen National Union, a political group in Myanmar, similarly claimed that individuals targeted by the military’s offensive have fled across the border into Thailand or are hiding in the jungle after being forced to flee their homes.
The aggressive response to protests has sparked the so-called ‘Red Movement’, with activists smearing red paint on streets and buildings to symbolize those lost in the recent fighting.
The remarks from the UN official come after at least 738 people were killed, many more were injured and over 3,300 individuals have been detained, according to a monitoring group in the country.
Myanmar has been in the midst of a violent crackdown from the military since February 1, when the army seized control of the country, arresting civilian leader Suu Kyi and members of her political party, which recently defeated the junta-aligned opposition in the nation’s elections.