The bloodshed and reign of terror in Myanmar must cease

Mar 2021
United Nations
Myanmar, Democracy, CTUM, Confederation of Trade Unions, Myanmar, Human Rights

The violent and brutal attacks against anti-coup protesters in Myanmar continue to escalate. At least 510 people have been killed and more than 2,574, including trade unionists, have been detained since the military seized power in a coup d’état on 1 February 2021.

On Saturday, 27 March 2021, the country witnessed the bloodiest day since the military took control of the government. While the military celebrated the Armed Forces Day, at least 144 civilians were atrociously murdered in the hands of the police and members of the armed forces in continued and mounting attempts to pacify the people who are fighting for democracy.

One of the martyrs who was murdered on such grim day was Brother Chan Myae Kyaw, a youth leader of Confederation of Trade Unions Myanmar (CTUM), while participating in the protest against the military regime and the coup.

Shoya Yoshida, General Secretary of ITUC-Asia Pacific, said: “This bloodshed is horrifying. The military’s reign of terror must cease before more people are unlawfully persecuted and more innocent lives are lost.”

He urged the Myanmar’s military – the Tatmadaw – to immediately stop killing its own people. He also called on the international community to isolate the military junta and put pressure to halt its access to weapons and other resources that aid the horrific attacks on its citizens.

Shoya Yoshida also paid tribute to the fearless commitment in the struggle for peace and democracy of Brother Chan Myae Kyaw of CTUM, a dump truck driver in SINOHYDRO Copper Mine. Brother Chan Myae’s funeral will be held today, 31 March 2021, in Ywatha Village, Salingyi Township, Sagaing Region.

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