The leader of the military junta in Myanmar said that the country’s armed forces would “annihilate” coup opponents who are waging a nationwide armed struggle against the military administration that seized power in February.
Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, speaking at a military parade marking Armed Forces Day, also asked ethnic minorities not to support groups opposed to army rule and ruled out negotiations with them.
“I would like to highlight that there are no governments or armies worldwide that negotiate with any terrorist groups,” Min Aung Hlaing added.
The military seized power last year from the democratically elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi.
According to a detailed tally compiled by the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, security forces used lethal force to suppress mass nationwide protests, resulting in the deaths of more than 1,700 civilians.
The United States, the European Union, and 20 other countries issued a statement marking Armed Forces Day by recalling “those killed and displaced by violence over the last year, including at least 100 people killed on this day alone one year ago.”
On Saturday, the U.S., Britain, and Canada imposed the latest coordinated sanctions on senior military officials and business leaders who allegedly act as arms dealers for Myanmar’s army.
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