Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Myanmar protesters released after tense standoff

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Hundreds of Myanmar protesters held within one district in the city of Yangon have been allowed to leave after an overnight standoff, which saw police and other government troops violently cracking down on anti-government demonstrations.

Activists say several protesters had been able to leave after being trapped by security forces in the Sanchaung district, while social media posts from demonstrators said they were able to slip out in the early morning after police left the area.

Youth activist Shar Ya Mone says she had been trapped in a building with about 20 other people but had now been able to go home.

There have also been reports of at least 50 people in the area being detained without warrants.

Earlier United Nations chief Antonio Guterres called on security forces to observe maximum restraint in dealing with the protesters.