Security forces in Myanmar arrested around two dozen people in Yangon (Rangoon) on Tuesday night after surrounding hundreds of demonstrators for many hours. According to eyewitnesses, the police are said to have threatened and insulted the people, and shots were also said to have been fired. According to local media reports, at least 27 people were arrested.
Previously, there had been great concern internationally about the fate of the encircled. The United Nations and the European Union called for an immediate de-escalation of the threatening situation.
In the Southeast Asian country, the army pushed the elected head of government Aung San Suu Kyi out of office at the beginning of February. Since then there have been repeated mass protests. The security forces have been using increasing violence for weeks and are repeatedly shooting with live ammunition. It is estimated that more than 60 people have already been killed.
Accessed on March 9th, 2021 at 11:21 am on https://www.sn.at/politik/weltpolitik/dutzende-festhaben-in-myanmar-nach-hausdurchsuchungen-100824094