Brussels: European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell has condemned Saturday’s crackdown by Myanmar’s security forces’ on protestors that reportedly left dozens of people dead.
Borrell said in a statement on Sunday
“I am following the worrying events in Myanmar. The escalation of violence with more than 100 civilian killings perpetrated by the military against its own people on its ‘Armed Forces Day’ is unacceptable. Far from celebrating, the Myanmar military has made yesterday a day of horror and of shame,”
Calling for an end to violence in Myanmar he said that the EU is making efforts to start a political process in the country.
“We will continue to use the EU’s mechanisms, including sanctions, to target the perpetrators of this violence, and those responsible for turning back the clock on Myanmar’s path of democracy and peace,” Borrell said.
The Pentagon on Saturday released a joint statement from the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark A. Milley, and the defense chiefs of Australia,
Germany, Greece, Canada, Italy, Japan, Denmark, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Korea and the UK, condemning the use of force against protesters in Myanmar.
US President Joe Biden described the violence at Myanmar protests as “terrible.”
“It’s terrible, it’s absolutely outrageous, and based on the reporting I’ve got an awful lot of people have been killed totally unnecessarily,” Biden told reporters on Sunday, as broadcast by MSNBC.
According to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) in Myanmar, over 90 people, including children, were killed during Saturday protests against the military rule in Myanmar. Fatalities were reported in the cities of Yangon, Bago, Mandalay and surrounding regions.