Myanmar Nationals In Thailand Saddened By Bloodshed Back Home

It has been a sleepless weekend for 28-year-old Myanmar national Sai Lao Mai after the worst bloodshed back home since the February coup where more than 100 people died in a day.

The restaurant owner, who has been living in Bangkok for more than seven years now, is deeply saddened with reports that the security forces killed more than 114 unarmed civilians, including children, on Myanmar’s Armed Forces Day on March 27.

“It is not enough for countries to stand up to condemn the atrocities in Myanmar… We need urgent and stern actions to protect the people of Myanmar.

“I hope the international community takes immediate action against leaders of Myanmar’s military coup. All countries should impose sanctions on Myanmar’s military. They should not deal or support them in anyway possible,” he told Bernama.

The crackdown that drew international condemnation happened on Myanmar’s annual Armed Forces Day to commemorate the start of resistance to Japanese occupation during World War II . Representatives of eight countries, including Thailand, attended the parade.

Nikkei Asia reported that eight countries – Russia, China, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Laos and Thailand sent representatives to the military parade in Naypyidaw, Myanmar.

The killings on Saturday brought the civilian toll since the Feb 1 coup to 459, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners advocacy group on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Sai, who had not contacted his family members back home for fear of their safety since the coup, said he received information that some of his relatives suffered from injuries after Saturday’s attack.

Meanwhile, Myanmar’s beauty pageant contestant at the Miss Grand International held in Bangkok on Saturday evening took to the stage to appeal for international help following the latest bloodshed in her country.

The contestant who is also a student at Yangon University, Han Lay, said she was deeply sorry for all the people who have lost their lives back home.

“Today in my country, Myanmar, while I am on this stage, there are so many people dying, more than 100 people died today…. I want to say here that, please help Myanmar. We need your urgent international help right now,” she said as quoted by AP.

Meanwhile, activist group and local media reported that on Sunday more than 3,000 villagers from Myanmar’s southeastern Karen state have crossed into Thailand to take refuge following the air strikes in five areas in Mu Traw District, near the border.

Following the the airstrikes, the Karen Women’s Organisation said many villagers were now hiding in fear in the jungle.

Reuters quoted Prime Minister Prayuth Chan o-cha as saying the government is preparing to receive a potential flood of refugees from Myanmar.

“We don’t want to have an exodus into our territory, but we will observe human rights too,” he said.

Myanmar’s military launched a coup on the morning of Feb 1, hours before the Parliament was set to sit, and had detained State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, President Win Myint, and other senior members of the National League for Democracy (NLD), triggering anti-coup protests across the country.

Source: NAM News Network