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China Blocks UN Condemnation In Myanmar Coup, Protest Surges

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A UN Security Council statement condemning the military coup in Myanmar has been blocked by China.

This development occurred after arresting political leader, Aung San Suu Kyi and hundreds of other lawmakers, the military then went ahead to take power in the South East Asian nation on Monday.

Another move made by the coup leaders was to form a supreme council which will sit above the cabinet.

At the moment, there are signs of resistance and civil disobedience discovered to have been growing, in Myanmar’s biggest city Yangon.

In reaction to the development, agitations have been the order of the day as doctors and medical staff in dozens of hospitals across the country stopped work in protest against the coup and to push for Ms Suu Kyi’s release.

Renowned body, the United Nations Security Council have met on Tuesday but failed to agree on a joint statement after China did not support it. The influence of China cannot be put aside as it has the power of veto as one of five permanent members of the council.

Ahead of the talks, the UN’s Special Envoy on Myanmar, Christine Schraner, strongly condemned the military takeover which came after the army refused to accept the outcome of general elections held in November.

As for Schraner, she is of the view that there are clear evidences that “the recent outcome of the election was a landslide victory” for Ms Suu Kyi’s party.

The need for the return of democracy was highlighted in further criticism, while the Group of Seven major economic powers said it was “deeply concerned”

A statement which was released in London said, “We call upon the military to immediately end the state of emergency, restore power to the democratically-elected government, to release all those unjustly detained and to respect human rights and the rule of law,”

The countries that make up the G7 are: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US.

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