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1,800 Burmese including at least 6 lawmakers shelter in India after fleeing Myanmar amid fear of being detained Updated: 2021-04-09 13:20:23 KST


Some 18-hundred people from Myanmar, including at least six lawmakers are sheltering in India after fleeing their country amid fears they could be detained by the military junta.
According to Reuters, an adviser to the body representing the ousted government in Myanmar explained Thursday that these lawmakers include members of the National League for Democracy Party led by Aung San Suu Kyi.
An Indian official has also confirmed that desperate Burmese fleeing the unrest have crossed into India, with most of them taking refuge in the northeastern part of the country.
The Indian foreign ministry, however, said there's no information to be shared, adding that the country condemns violence and supports the restoration of democracy, given the presence of Myanmar's lawmakers in India could create diplomatic complications for New Delhi with the Myanmar military going forward.
This comes as nearly 6-hundred people have been killed in Myanmar since the military seized control in February.
The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, a local human rights group says over 28-hundred people are under detention as of April 7th.
It also adds 48 children have been killed so far.
Amid the ongoing unrest, Washington has imposed more sanctions targeting Myanmar's military.
The U.S. Treasury Department announced Thursday that it's imposing penalties on one of Myanmar's government-owned firms that oversee all gemstone activities in the country, a lucrative industry that helps fund the military.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken also said that Myanmar's military has ignored the will of its people, continuing to commit lethal attacks against protesters.
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.
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