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(Reuters) - La police birmane a fait usage mardi de grenades assourdissantes pour disperser des manifestants qui s'étaient à nouveau réunis dans la plus grande ville du pays, Rangoun, pour protester contre le coup d'Etat militaire du 1er février, ont déclaré des témoins. Pour la plupart munis de casques de protection et de boucliers de fortune, les contestataires ont pris place derrière des barricades en différents points de Rangoun pour scander des slogans contre la junte militaire, qui a chassé du pouvoir et emprisonné la dirigeante démocratiquement élue Aung San Suu Kyi.
- AFP News
Myanmar's junta will face regional pressure Tuesday to end a deadly crackdown on anti-coup protesters, after some Southeast Asian powers broke diplomatic traditions and delivered unusually harsh rebukes.
- Associated Press
Demonstrators in Myanmar took to the streets again on Tuesday to protest last month’s seizure of power by the military, as foreign ministers from Southeast Asian countries met to discuss the political crisis. Police in Yangon, Myanmar’s biggest city, used tear gas and rubber bullets against the protesters. The special meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, held by video conference because of the coronavirus pandemic, comes in the wake of worsening violence in Myanmar.
The talks, to be held in a video call, will come two days after the bloodiest day of unrest since the military overthrew Aung San Suu Kyi's elected government on Feb. 1, unleashing anger and mass street protests across the country. Hundreds of protesters, many wearing hard hats and clutching makeshift shields, had gathered behind barricades in different parts of the main city of Yangon to chant slogans against military rule. There were no reports of injuries in Yangon but four people were wounded in the northwestern town of Kale, where police fired live ammunition to disperse a crowd after protesters threw things at advancing police, a witnesses said.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) holds a meeting of foreign ministers on Tuesday to discuss the crisis after Myanmar's Feb. 1 coup, which will include representation from the military government. The United Nations, United States, European Union, China and Asian powers have all identified ASEAN as a potentially pivotal player in resolving the crisis in Myanmar, which is one of its 10 members. CAN ASEAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations' (ASEAN) foreign ministers will hold a special meeting on Tuesday to discuss Myanmar, Singapore's foreign minister said, calling for the immediate release of ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi. "A special ASEAN foreign ministers meeting will be convened via video conference tomorrow and where we will listen to the representative of the Myanmar military authorities," Vivian Balakrishnan said in parliament on Monday.
In an evening address on state television, army chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing said protest leaders and "instigators" would be punished. The army was also investigating financial abuse by the civilian government, he said. Suu Kyi, 75, looked in good health during her appearance before a court in the capital Naypyidaw, one of her lawyers said.
Police were out in force early and opened fire in different parts of the biggest city of Yangon after stun grenades, tear gas and shots in the air failed to break up crowds. Several wounded people were hauled away by fellow protesters, leaving bloody smears on pavements, media images showed. "Police and military forces have confronted peaceful demonstrations, using lethal force and less-than-lethal force that – according to credible information received by the UN Human Rights Office – has left at least 18 people dead and over 30 wounded," the U.N. human rights office said.