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UN warns of 'strong measures' as military crackdown in Myanmar worsens Updated: 2021-03-05 14:13:09 KST

Demonstrators in Myanmar continue to protest on the streets against last month's military coup, undaunted by Wednesday's bloodshed in which at least 38 people were killed by security forces.
The Civil Disobedience Movement has extended to people around the world, all demanding the restoration of democracy and Aung San Suu Kyi's civilian government.

"They are terrorizing our country - in simple words. They took our leader, we voted for NLD, we voted for NLD, they're taking over now, that is not fair. If you want to rule the country, play fair. Play fair. Win by vote."

The United Nations says at least 54 people have been killed by the police and military since February first.
Over 17-hundred people have reportedly been arrested and detained the number rising by the day.
Safety concerns have led many foreigners residing in Myanmar to flee the country.
According to media outlets in Vietnam, nearly 4-hundred Vietnamese returned from Myanmar on two planes on Thursday.
Singapore is also urging some 500 of its nationals living in Myanmar to leave as soon as possible.
In response to the catastrophe, the international community has condemned the violence and warned of serious consequences.

"I had a discussion with the army and I warned them that member states and Security Council might take huge, strong measures and the answer was: 'We are used to sanctions and we we survived those sanctions time in the past.'"

Burgener did say, however, she would resume dialogue with Myanmar's military leaders in hope of a peaceful solution.
Meanwhile, the United States has said that China should take a more proactive role in bringing the coup to an end by influencing Myanmar's military.

"Our message has been very clear: China needs to be a constructive, responsible actor when it comes to the military coup in Burma."

Along with other measures, the U.S. has placed Myanmar under “military end use” export control restrictions, making it difficult for its U.S. suppliers to ship it certain items.
Reuters also revealed that Washington had blocked an attempt by Myanmar's military to transfer about one billion U.S. dollars held at the Federal Reserve Bank in New York after seizing power.
Han Seong-woo, Arirang News.
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