Thousands flee Myanmar to Thailand to escape military air strikes
Thousands of people have fled Myanmar’s eastern Karen state into Thailand to escape military air strikes. Myanmar security forces opened fire at a funeral as people across the country gathered yesterday to mourn 114 people killed in the worst crackdown on protests since last month’s military coup.
Thailand’s public broadcaster has confirmed that about 3,000 people have arrived in the north-western Mae Hong Son province. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said his government is preparing for a potential influx of refugees from Myanmar but how many we are not talking about that.
Yesterday funerals were held, with some reports that the military had tried to intervene in the mourning. According to reports, more than 450 people have now been killed in the suppression of protests in Myanmar since 1st February coup. Protesters are demanding a restoration of democracy and the release of detained civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
The killing of protesters has drawn global outrage, with Defence Ministers of 12 nations condemning the military. The European Union has also condemned the violence.
US President Joe Biden said his administration is working on sanctions against Myanmar’s military over the surge in violence against civilians. He called the violence terrible and outrageous.
Today, the British foreign ministry advised its nationals in Myanmar to leave as soon as possible, following a significant increase in the level of recent violence.
UN human rights chief and the UN special adviser on the prevention of genocide has issued a clear warning of a heightened risk of atrocity crimes in Myanmar.