The United Nations (UN) has called on the military of Myanmar to release hundreds of anti-coup protesters believed to be trapped inside apartment buildings in Yangon.
According to Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged for “maximum restraint” and “the safe release of all without violence arrests” after Myanmar security forces on March 8 cornered around 200 protesters in an apartment block in Sanchaung Township in the country’s largest city.
“Many of those trapped are women who were peacefully marching in commemoration of International Women’s Day,” Dujarric added.
The UN Human Rights Office also called for the release of the protesters, stating in a tweet, “We are deeply concerned about the fate of some 200 peaceful protesters – incl. women – who have been cordoned by security forces in Yangon, and may be at risk of arrest or ill-treatment. We urge the police to immediately allow them to leave safely and without reprisals.”
The calls came after three protesters were shot dead on March 8.
Cities across Myanmar has seen mass protests since the military staged a coup last Feb. 1, ousting State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi.
According to reports, Myanmar security forces have killed over 54 people in protests and have arrested nearly 1,800.
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