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Defense chiefs from 12 countries condemn massacre of protesters in Myanmar

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Protest against military coup on 9 Feb 2021 at Hpa-An, Kayin State, Myanmar

Protest against military coup on 9 Feb 2021 at Hpa-An, Kayin State, Myanmar. Photo: Ninjastrikers. CC BY-SA 4.0.


The top military chiefs of the United States and eleven other countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Oceania condemned Saturday the latest massacre of civilians committed by the Myanmar military, and denounced that the country’s army has “lost credibility”.

In an extraordinary communique, the top military commanders of the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Greece, Denmark, the Netherlands, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand addressed the situation in Myanmar.

“As chiefs of defense, we condemn the use of lethal force against unarmed persons by the Burmese armed forces and associated security forces,” the note, released by the Pentagon, said.

“A professional military must follow international standards of conduct and is responsible for protecting – not harming – the people it serves,” they continued.

His note came at the end of a day of repression, Saturday’s, which was the bloodiest since protests began in Myanmar against the coup d’état on February 1.

-TN


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