Burma: hundreds of demonstrators surrounded by security forces in Rangoon, UN warns
Yangon (AFP) - Hundreds of demonstrators have been surrounded since nightfall Monday by security forces in a district of Yangon, the economic capital of Burma, the UN warned, while three protesters opposed to the junta were killed in the hours leading up to it.
At around 10 p.m.local time, the police started shooting and making arrests, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Twitter.
Detonations were heard several times by AFP journalists.
The protesters are cornered in the Sanchaung district, where many rallies have taken place in recent days.
"I just escaped from Sanchaung.Many young people are still blocked by the police and the army," said Maung Saungkha, one of the protests of the protest, calling for "help" the international community.
The Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, for his part urged "maximum restraint" and "the release" of "hundreds of demonstrators barricaded in apartment complexes", "without violence or arrests" , said his spokesperson.
Among them are many Burmese who "intended to demonstrate peacefully to celebrate International Women's Day," said Stéphane Dujarric.
According to information available to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, residents of Rangoon were heading towards the Sanchaung neighborhood to pressure the police and force them to let everyone leave the area.
They defied the curfew and chanted: "Free the students of Sanchaung!" AFP journalists confirmed.
The European Union representation in Burma has also called on the security forces to allow the demonstrators to "return home to safety", as have the embassies of the United States and the United Kingdom, the former colonial power..
Posted Date: 2021-03-16