The UN Human Rights Commissioner warned that the military suppression of protests in Myanmar could escalate into a civil war, such as the civil war seen in Syria, and called for an end to the “slaughter.”
UN Commissioner Michelle Bachelet said in a statement that 3,080 people were imprisoned, and there were reports that 23 people were sentenced to death after the secret trial.
“I am worried that the situation in Myanmar is heading towards complete conflict.
Bachelet said that countries must not repeat the same mistakes in Syria and other places.
In Yangon on Tuesday, opponents of the military government cancelled traditional New Year celebrations and called for small-scale protest demonstrations across the country.
Twitter user Shwe Ei wrote: “We will not celebrate Thingyan in Myanmar this year because more than 700 of our innocent and brave souls have been killed.”
Media images show that in several cities, women in formal attire are giving out the most important holiday of the year. Protesters are holding traditional flower pots with seven flowers and branches.
Many people drew three fingers on their Thingyan bowl to pay tribute to the protesters.
A video on the Myanmar Immediate Portal showed that “the power of the people, our power”, women yelled as they walked on the streets of the capital Yangon.
There were no immediate reports of violence in any protest, but due to the military government’s restrictions on the Internet and mobile services, information became scarce.
According to three media reports, soldiers shot and killed a man and woman transporting milk on a motorcycle in Tam, a city in the northwest bordering India.
There were several small explosions in various places, including two in Yangon, but there were no reports of casualties or any liability.
The military launched a coup on February 1 and imprisoned civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi in her National League after the Democratic (NLD) party won the election overwhelmingly, and the military claimed election fraud.
Local observers said the vote was credible.
The military action provoked protests across the country, which were forcibly suppressed by soldiers.