Protests broke out in a prison in Yangon, the commercial capital of Myanmar. Protesters said the prison had a deteriorating COVID-19 outbreak and was used to control opponents who opposed the military takeover in February.
Friday’s protest was the first of its kind since the coup in a Southeast Asian country on February 1, and people across the country are protesting against military rule every day.
You can hear the protest slogans against the military government Inside the colonial era Yongsheng Prison Earlier Friday, in a video recorded outside the prison, local residents posted it on Facebook.
“End the dictatorship! Our cause! Protest, protest! Start, start! Revolution! Must be victorious!” echoed.
The Association of Political Prisoners Aid (AAPP), a militant organization based in Thailand, said the protests began in female detention areas and were supported by some prison staff. Reuters could not immediately verify the report.
“There was a riot in the prison,” Chan Nyein Kyaw, deputy director of the Myanmar Prison Bureau, told the state-run news media Myawaddy. “Negotiations were conducted and the prisoners’ demands and demands were accepted.”
AAPP said the military entered the prison compound early Friday and confiscated the staff’s weapons.
Prison spokesman Zaw Zaw did not answer a call from Reuters, requesting comment on reports of protests and military intervention. He told local media that the protests had been brought under control. The call to military spokesman Zaw Min Tun was unanswered.
‘End the confrontation’
The diplomat called for an end to the deadlock.
“We urge the relevant authorities to resolve the situation peacefully and respect the basic health care rights of all people detained in this and other prisons,” a group of diplomatic missions including Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States and nine European countries Express. The member states of the alliance stated in a joint statement posted on Facebook.
Earlier this month, Myanmar released more than 2,000 detainees from prison, including journalists and other military figures who said they were charged with incitement and incitement for participating in protests.
The Myanmar military has been working hard to maintain order and the growing COVID-19 outbreak Increased confusion. After Myanmar reported 286 deaths the day before, more than 6,000 new cases of COVID-19 infection were registered on Thursday, all hitting record highs.
Medical staff and funeral services said that the actual death toll was much higher and the crematorium could not keep up. The military arrested several doctors who independently treated COVID-19 patients.
The AAPP statement said: “It is reported that the protests started because prisoners did not receive medical care and prison staff were not protected from COVID-19.”
Nyan Win, a senior adviser to the toppled leader Aung San Suu Kyi, died in the hospital after contracting COVID-19 in prison on Tuesday.
British ambassador was changed
The British Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that in another development, Myanmar appointed a new temporary head of the embassy in London to replace the former ambassador who was removed because of the coup and the separation of the military government.
A spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs told Reuters that the choice of the new “Charge d’Affaires” does not require the consent of the British government, and the spokesperson first reported the move earlier on Friday.
Since the coup, more than 900 opponents of the military government have been killed by security forces, causing international condemnation and sanctions, including the United Kingdom.
“The consent of the receiving country is not required,” the spokesperson said in a statement citing the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. The statement did not disclose the names of the new appointees.
A government spokesperson controlled by the Myanmar military did not respond to a call from Reuters seeking comment.
The UK-based human rights organization Myanmar Accountability Project stated that the appointee for the London job was Htun Aung Kyaw, who had served as a fighter pilot during his long military career.
A source familiar with the matter also stated that Htun Aung Kyaw is a new candidate for Myanmar, but Reuters could not confirm this.
In a statement this week, the Myanmar Accountability Project urged Britain not to recognize military-appointed representatives, saying it would be “serious double standards and moral violence.”
The former ambassador, Kyaw Zwar Minn, was blocked from the London embassy in April after calling for the release of the detained civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
Kyaw Zwar Minn remained in the UK and urged the British government to reject any special envoys appointed by the military government and send them back to Myanmar.
After the coup, Britain imposed sanctions on members of the Myanmar military and some of its commercial interests, and called for the restoration of democracy.
Britain on Friday appointed a new ambassador to Myanmar, Pete Vowles, who has held diplomatic and international development positions in Africa and Asia.