UN Secretary General António Guterres has sharply criticized the violent repression of the security forces against demonstrators in Myanmar. He condemned the "use of lethal force" in Myanmar, wrote Guterres on Sunday night on Twitter. This is just as "unacceptable" as "intimidation and harassment" of demonstrators. "Everyone has the right to assemble peacefully," emphasized Guterres. </p><div> <p>At the same time, he called on all sides in Myanmar to respect the results of the previous election and to re-form a civilian government. Earlier, Ned Price, Washington State Department spokesman, wrote on Twitter that the United States was deeply concerned about reports that security forces had shot protesters and others were being detained and harassed. Stand by the side of the people.</p>
Security forces in Myanmar had previously used massive violence against demonstrators. At least two people were shot dead on Saturday in the second largest city, Mandalay, and around 30 other demonstrators were injured.
The security forces fired live ammunition at the demonstrators.
According to Reuters, the police also arrested the famous actor Lu Min, who was on the military’s wanted list. This is what his wife, Khin Sabai Oo, said on Sunday. According to activist group Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), 569 people were arrested, charged or convicted in connection with the coup on Saturday. Facebook, meanwhile, deleted the military’s main page with reference to its policies that would prohibit incitement to violence, the company said.
The re has been an uproar in the Southeast Asian country since the previous de facto head of government Aung San Suu Kyi was ousted in a military coup on February 1. Hundreds of thousands of people have since participated in street protests.
The security forces hardly used live ammunition until Saturday.