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Myanmar Crisis

Western embassies urge Myanmar army to 'refrain from violence'

US, Canada and European nations released a statement late Sunday

People protest against the military coup and to demand the release of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi, outside the Japanese Embassy in Yangon, Myanmar, Feb.10.   © Reuters

Western embassies in Myanmar on Sunday called on the country's military to “refrain from violence against demonstrators and civilians” after security forces opened fire to disperse a protest and deployed armoured vehicles in cities.

In a statement released late Sunday, the embassies of the European Union, the United Kingdom, Canada and 11 other nations condemned the arrests of political leaders and harassment of journalists after a coup on Feb. 1 and denounced the military’s interruption of communications.

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