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Three months of the Myanmar Coup, UN fears standstill as protestors rally

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Protestors against military rule took to street three months after the coup ended the democratic establishment in Myanmar.

An envoy of the United Nations warned that state administration could come to a halt after there were several small blasts reported at different places creating a sense of crisis.

The military attempted to end dissent and impose authority while the people largely opposed the return of military rule after 10 years of democratic reforms.

Despite the relentless crackdown which claimed lives of 759 protestors, citizens have not refrained from coming out equally relentlessly opposing Junta, as Assistance Association for Political prisoners (AAPP) reports.

At one of the rallies in Yangon, protestors chanted, “Our cause, democracy, our cause, a federal union. Free arrested leaders”.

As per AAPP, more than 3,400 people have been detained including the 75-year-old democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi.

The UN special convoy in Myanmar reported to the Security Council that violence against protestors have increased in absence of a collective international response to the coup which could bring the state administration to a standstill.

Christine Schraner Burgener briefed, “The general administration of the state could risk coming to a standstill as the pro-democracy movement continues in spite of the ongoing use of lethal force, arbitrary arrests and torture as part of the military’s repression”.

UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Tom Andrews, commented that Senior General Min Aung Hlaing used the 10-member meeting of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as a ‘propaganda ploy’.