The Burmese army extends the state of emergency and takes control

The Burmese army has extended the state of emergency until July 31, seized control of the country and arrested several government officials on the eve of the anniversary of the coup d’état that overthrew the government of the country’s “de facto” leader, Aung San Suu Kyi .

So far, Vice President Myint Swe has taken over the presidency, while army chief Min Aung Hlaing will control the authorities, according to state network MRTV.

President Myint Swe has approved the extension of the state of emergency at the request of military junta chief Min Aung Hlaing to prioritize state stability, people’s safety and peace-building.

The Burmese army extends the state of emergency and takes control
The Burmese army extends the state of emergency and takes control

To commemorate the first anniversary of his inauguration, Min Aung Hlaing will deliver a public address on Tuesday at 8:00 a.m. local time.

The Association for the Assistance of Political Prisoners (AAPP) in Burma reported four new deaths, including two minors, in Kayah state late Monday. The death toll is rising and has exceeded the 1,500 mark since the coup. AAPP warned in the statement that “the actual number of deaths is likely much higher”.

“The violence continues in some states and regions like Kayah, Chin and Sagaing and we are doing our best to resolve it,” Min Aung Hlaing told state broadcaster MRTV.

The country is isolated, fighting has intensified, particularly in the Sagaing region, and many fear the humanitarian crisis will worsen if the situation worsens amid the coronavirus pandemic.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has “strongly” denied the arrests, affirming that “these events deal a serious blow to Burma’s democratic reforms,” ​​as published on his official Twitter account.

For her part, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement that “the United States opposes any attempt to change the outcome of the elections or to impede Burma’s democratic transition and will take action against those responsible if these measures fail.” be undone.

“We call on the military and all parties to abide by democratic norms and the rule of law and to release those imprisoned today,” Psaki added.

At the same time, a dozen embassies in Burma, including those of the United States and the European Union, issued a joint statement warning of the “devastating impact” the country suffered after the coup.

The statement denounced the current situation: “More than 14 million people need humanitarian aid, the economy is in crisis, democratic gains have been reversed and the (armed) conflict is spreading across the country.”

Due to the first anniversary of the coup, several embassies, including those of the European Union, the United States and Spain, have replaced the photo of their official social media accounts with a black image.

Burmese were called by opposition forces Tuesday for a silent strike to denounce atrocities committed by the military junta that came to power a year ago.

The Burmese army seized power in the country after a coup on February 1, 2021 and declared a state of emergency for a year of ‘de- facto’ leader of the country, Aung San Suu Kyi.

So the Asian country seems destined to solve its own problems in a scenario in which Suu Kyi once again becomes a symbol of the resistance while at the same time serving as a political hostage to Burma’s military junta.

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