Myanmar’s military chiefs have been warned they could face the same fate as Saddam Hussein or Muammar Gaddafi amid fears the country might be plunged into “the greatest civil war” it has seen.
The United Nations says 138 protestors have been killed since the February 1 coup, including at least 39 people on Sunday, the bloodiest day since the military seized power.
Dr Sasa, the disbanded democratic parliament’s special envoy to the UN, told Sky News that if the bloodshed continues without strong action from the international community, then the country’s people will be forced to defend themselves.
He appealed to the generals running the country to stand down, free the detained and return Myanmar to democracy.
If this did not happen, he predicted they would end up like Muammar Gaddafi, Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden – “arrested or killed”.
Martial law had been imposed in Hlaingthaya and several other districts of Yangon, and in several parts of the second city of Mandalay, according to multiple media reports. Dozens of protesters were killed on Sunday on the bloodiest day since the February 1 coup.
António Guterres@antonioguterres·I’m appalled by the escalating violence in Myanmar at the hands of the military. I urge the international community to work collectively and bilaterally to help bring an end to the repression.