lørdag 27. mars 2021

Myanmar: Coup leader Min Aung Hlaing vows to 'safeguard democracy'

Myanmar's military leader has promised to "safeguard democracy" as the regime warned anti-coup protesters against taking to the streets. Min Aung Hlaing, speaking on national TV to mark Armed Forces Day, again promised elections but gave no date. State TV warned in a separate broadcast on Friday that protesters could risk being shot in "the head and back".

More than 320 people have been shot dead in the suppression of protests since the coup on 1 February. "The army seeks to join hands with the entire nation to safeguard democracy," Min Aung Hlaing said in a live broadcast on Saturday. "Violent acts that affect stability and security in order to make demands are inappropriate."