The protests in Myanmar, which erupted when the military junta displaced the democratically elected government in a coup. The crackdown on protestors demanding the restoration of democracy has intensified and state security forces have clamped down heavily using violence and detaining many. The United Nations has now called for a safe release of those detained.
According to Stéphane Dujarric, spokesperson for Secretary-General António Guterres, many of those trapped are women, who were peacefully marching in commemoration of International Women’s Day, on Monday.
“[The Secretary-General] is following the developments in Myanmar very closely, notably in the Sanchaung district of Yangon”, Mr. Dujarric said at a press briefing at the UN Headquarters, in New York.“He calls for maximum restraint and urges for the safe release of all without violence or arrests.”