G7 countries ‘firmly condemn’ violence on protesters in Myanmar

EYEAFRICA TV: Carbis Bay, UNITED KINGDOM:- Group of Seven (G7) intergovernmental organization have on Tuesday “firmly condemned” violence by Myanmar’s security forces against peaceful protests.

The bloc of world’s wealthy nations – comprising Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States as well as the European Union’s High Representative – said the military and the police “must exercise utmost restraint and respect human rights and international law.”

“Use of live ammunition against unarmed people is unacceptable. Anyone responding to peaceful protests with violence must be held to account,”G7 foreign ministers said in a statement.

“We condemn the intimidation and oppression of those opposing the coup. We raise our concern at the crackdown on freedom of expression, including through the internet blackout and draconian changes to the law that repress free speech.”

They have also called for an end to the “systematic targeting” of protesters, doctors, civil society and journalists, and for the coup leaders to revoke the state of emergency.

The G7 countries also urged Myanmar’s military to allow full humanitarian access to support the most vulnerable.

“We remain united in condemning the coup in Myanmar. We call again for the immediate and unconditional release of those detained arbitrarily, including State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint, and continue to stand with the people of Myanmar in their quest for democracy and freedom.”

Myanmar’s military leaders are facing renewed pressure at home and abroad after gradually ratcheting up their use of force against a massive and largely peaceful civil disobedience campaign against their coup.

As the US, EU and UK tighten sanctions, demonstrations against the junta’s rule have continued to grow – alongside a violent response in return.

Three anti-coup protesters have been killed in the demonstrations so far, while a man patrolling his Yangon neighbourhood against night arrests was also shot dead at the weekend.

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