YANGON: Myanmar’s military raided the Yangon headquarters of ousted chief Aung San Suu Kyi’s party late Tuesday, officers stated, as the United States joined the UN in “strongly” condemning violence in opposition to protesters demanding a return to democracy.
The newest assault on Myanmar’s civilian management got here as anger ultimately week’s coup and the detention of Suu Kyi by the generals has pushed tons of of hundreds of individuals into the streets, defying a junta ban on rallies.
“The military dictator raided and destroyed NLD headquarters at round 9:30 pm,” the National League for Democracy introduced on its Facebook web page.
The party’s brief assertion gave no additional particulars.
The raid got here after demonstrations erupted for a fourth straight day Tuesday, with police utilizing water cannon in a number of cities, firing rubber bullets at protesters within the capital Naypyidaw and deploying tear fuel in Mandalay.
The rallies got here regardless of a warning from the junta that it will take motion in opposition to demonstrations that threatened “stability”, and a brand new ban on gatherings of greater than 5 folks.
The United States, which has led world censure of the coup, on Tuesday renewed its name for freedom of expression in Myanmar — and for the generals to step down.
“We strongly condemn violence in opposition to demonstrators,” US State Department spokesman Ned Price advised reporters, including that folks in Myanmar “have rights to peaceable meeting.”
“We repeat our requires the military to relinquish energy, restore democratically elected authorities, launch these detained and carry all telecommunication restrictions and to chorus from violence,” he stated.
Price has beforehand stated US requests to talk to Suu Kyi had been denied.
As evening fell, the United Nations additionally voiced its “robust concern” over the violence.
“The use of disproportionate pressure in opposition to demonstrators is unacceptable,” stated Ola Almgren, the UN resident coordinator and humanitarian coordinator in Myanmar.
European Union international coverage chief Josep Borrell stated Tuesday the bloc may impose contemporary sanctions on Myanmar’s military, however warned any punishment shouldn’t hit the inhabitants.
“We are at present reviewing all our choices,” Borrell advised lawmakers on the European Parliament.
In Naypyidaw, the distant capital purpose-built by the earlier military regime, witnesses stated police fired projectiles at protesters after earlier blasting them with water cannon.
“They fired warning pictures to the sky two occasions, then they fired (at protesters) with rubber bullets,” a resident advised AFP.
At least one emergency room physician stated the military have been additionally utilizing stay rounds, leaving a 23-year-old man and 19-year-old in important situation in hospital.
“We consider they’re precise bullets due to the injuries and their accidents,” the physician stated.
The father of one of many victims stated his son had been shot “when he tried to make use of the megaphone to ask folks to protest peacefully after the police used water cannon to disperse them.”
“He received hit within the again… I’m very frightened about him,” the 56-year-old goldsmith advised AFP.
In Mandalay, the nation’s second-biggest metropolis, police fired tear fuel to disperse protesters.
A witness, who declined to be named out of worry of the authorities, stated she gave shelter to about 20 protesters, providing them water, towels and contemporary face masks.
Earlier this week, the protests by tons of of hundreds appeared to have rattled the military, with junta chief General Min Aung Hlaing making a televised speech Monday to justify seizing energy, citing election fraud claims.
He promised issues can be completely different from the military’s earlier 49-year reign, which led to 2011. The military additionally introduced a curfew and a ban on protest gatherings.
But on Tuesday, contemporary demonstrations erupted in Yangon, together with close to the NLD’s headquarters, with protesters carrying placards calling for Suu Kyi’s freedom and declaring “No dictatorship”.
By afternoon, hundreds had gathered close by, carrying umbrellas and sporting raincoats as they confronted off in opposition to police, who had water cannon vehicles blocking protesters from marching.
“Of course we’re frightened (a few crackdown),” stated protester Khin Thida Nyein, a trainer. “We solely have one life however we nonetheless come out…. as we’re extra involved for the way forward for our kids.”
Protesters dispersed by dusk, with no studies of clashes.
Meanwhile, civil aviation staff and air visitors controllers have joined a civil disobedience motion, with their strike set to affect worldwide flights eager to move by way of Myanmar’s air house.
It can even hit the military authorities’s coffers, that are set to lose overflight charges paid by airways that might be value as much as $182,000 per day.
The NLD received nationwide elections in November by a landslide, however the military by no means accepted the outcomes.
It has introduced a one-year state of emergency and promised to carry contemporary elections after that.
New Zealand on Tuesday grew to become the primary international authorities to take concrete public motion, asserting the suspension of high-level military and political contacts with Myanmar.
The UN Human Rights Council stated it will maintain a comparatively uncommon particular session on Friday to debate the disaster.