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  • Writer's pictureMelo Acuna

Democracy can begin in Myanmar as soon as Daw Aung Suu Kyi's released, says DFA

Philippines expresses dismay at Myanmar’s use of force vs protesters

MANILA – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) today expressed its concern over reports Myanmar’s military action against unarmed protesters during the Armed Forces Day.

“The Philippines is profoundly dismayed at reports of excessive and needless force against unarmed protesters in Myanmar on Armed Forces Day, which resulted in the worst violence since the military takeover,” the DFA said in a statement released late Tuesday afternoon.

The Philippines reiterated its call for security forces in Myanmar to “exercise restraint and desist from reporting to disproportionate force against unarmed citizens.”

The DFA said they remain steadfast in its support for Myanmar’s fuller democracy which will commence with the release of State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi at the soonest possible time.

It will be recalled international news agencies reported the killing of over 90 unarmed protesters last Sunday, March 28. It is referred to as the bloodiest day since the military coup last February 1. (Melo M. Acuña)

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