NDTV News

NDTV.com provides latest news from India and the world. Get today’s news headlines from Business, Technology, Bollywood, Cricket, videos, photos, live news coverage and exclusive breaking news from India.

https://www.ndtv.com/

UN Calls On Myanmar To Halt «Excessive Force» After Protest Violence.

UN Calls On Myanmar To Halt 'Excessive Force' After Anti-Coup Protest Violence

Myanmar: UN called for Myanmar to hold to account anyone using excessive force.

The United Nations has called for Myanmar to hold to account anyone using excessive force against unarmed civilians after security forces rammed a car into an anti-coup protesters killing five of them, according to media and witnesses.

Photographs and videos posted on social media showed a speeding vehicle crashing through a group of anti-coup protesters on Sunday in the main city of Yangon and bodies lying on the road. Witnesses told Reuters dozens had been injured.

"Those responsible for the use of excessive and disproportionate use of force against unarmed civilians must be held to account," Ramanathan Balakrishnan, the U.N resident coordinator in Myanmar, said in a statement.

The Myanmar Now news portal said the incident occurred minutes after a "flash mob" of people protesting against a Feb. 1 military coup had formed. As well as at least five deaths, 15 had also been arrested, it said.

The state-run Global New light of Myanmar newspaper said security forces dispersed an "unlawful riot" and arrested eight protesters. It said three people had been injured but did not mention any deaths and said those arrested would face legal action.

The U.S embassy said in a statement it was "horrified by reports that security forces opened fire against, ran over, and killed several peaceful protesters".

Anti-military protests have not stopped despite the killing of more than 1,300 people since the February overthrow of an elected government led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and the return of military rule.

One of the protesters on Sunday said he had fallen after being hit by a vehicle before fleeing.

"A soldier beat me with his rifle but I defended and pushed him back. Then he immediately shot at me as I ran away in a zig-zag pattern," the protester, who declined to be identified for security reasons, told Reuters by telephone.

The car occupied by soldiers hit the mob from behind, two witnesses said. Soldiers chased the scattering protesters arresting and beating some.

Some were hurt with head wounds and left unconscious, according to the witnesses.

A military spokesman did not respond to attempts by Reuters to reach him for comment on the incident.

Previously, the military has said protesters who have been killed instigated violence. It says it staged the coup because an election in November last year won by Suu Kyi's party was rigged.

The election commission at the time dismissed the assertion.

Suu Kyi, 76, faces a dozen legal cases against her including incitement and violations of COVID-19 protocols. Her supporters say the charges are politically motivated.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Related news
US ambassador delivers written response to Russia's demand.

US ambassador delivers written response to Russia's demand.

The U.S. and NATO formally responded that they would not meet Russia's demands, which includes NATO pulling back forces from Eastern Europe, amid escalating military tensions on the Ukraine border.

Scientists watch new omicron subvariant of COVID-19.

Scientists watch new omicron subvariant of COVID-19.

Dr. Anthony Fauci said Wednesday that scientists are already developing a universal COVID-19 vaccine that could resist current and future variants, but he stressed that it will take time.

Prince Andrew formally responds to sexual assault allegations.

Prince Andrew formally responds to sexual assault allegations.

In an 11-page document, Prince Andrew did admit he met Jeffrey Epstein in 1999. His legal team claimed that Virginia Giuffre's lawsuit doesn't stand because she allegedly recruited women for Epstein.

Our leaders are turning a blind eye to this: NY governor candidate.

Our leaders are turning a blind eye to this: NY governor candidate.

NY governor candidate Rob Astorino tells ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’ he is running to ensure the law is enforced and his community is heard. #FoxNews #Tucker Subscribe to Fox News! Watch more Fox News Video: Watch Fox News Channel Live: FOX News Chan...

Hallie Jackson NOW - Jan. 26 - NBC News NOW

Hallie Jackson NOW - Jan. 26 - NBC News NOW

Interest rates are likely to increase as the Fed is trying to turn rising inflation in the other direction, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer announced he will be retiring putting President Biden in a position to nominate his first justice cand...

Chunk of concrete crashes into driver's windshield

Chunk of concrete crashes into driver's windshield

A driver escaped serious injury after a huge chunk of concrete fell from a Massachusetts freeway overpass and crashed through his windshield.