Myanmar envoy appeals to UN to stop coup
An envoy for Myanmar's ousted government called on the United Nations to use "any means necessary" to stop a military coup on Friday, as police cracked down on anti-junta protesters with rubber bullets and stun grenades.
The Southeast Asian country has been in crisis since the army seized power on Feb. 1 and detained government leader Aung San Suu Kyi and much of her party leadership after the military complained of fraud in a November election her party won. The election commission said the vote was fair, reports Reuters.
Speaking on behalf of Suu Kyi's government, Myanmar's UN ambassador appealed to the United Nations "to use any means necessary to take action against the Myanmar military and to provide safety and security for the people of Myanmar."
"We need further strongest possible action from the international community to immediately end the military coup, to stop oppressing the innocent people, to return the state power to the people and to restore the democracy," Kyaw Moe Tun told the 193-member UN General Assembly, receiving applause as he finished.
Reuters was not immediately able to reach the army for comment.
UN special envoy on Myanmar Christine Schraner Burgener pushed the world body for a collective "clear signal in support of democracy" and told the General Assembly no country should recognise or legitimise the junta.
Uncertainty grew over Suu Kyi's status on Friday as the independent Myanmar Now website quoted senior officials of her National League for Democracy (NLD) party as saying she had been moved this week from house arrest to an undisclosed location.
Protesters who have taken to the streets daily for over three weeks demand the release of Suu Kyi and recognition of last year's election.
PROTESTS BROKEN UP
In the biggest city, Yangon, riot police fired rubber bullets, stun grenades and shots into the air to send protesters scattering. At least one person was wounded there, a witness said.