Biden urges Myanmar military to “Relinquish power now”, free detainees


Naypyitaw: US President Joe Biden called on Myanmar’s generals to “relinquish power” and demanded they free civilian leaders detained in this week’s coup.

The UN Security Council issued a statement expressing “deep concern” at events in Myanmar.

Biden said the United States was working with its allies and partners to address the generals’ takeover was confirmed hours after they arrested the country’s elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other members of the government and her party in a series of Monday morning raids.

Biden’s administration said it was considering sanctions.

The US warnings came after Myanmar’s generals ordered internet providers to restrict access to Facebook Thursday, as people flocked to social media to voice opposition and share plans for disobedience.

Facebook-owned apps such as Instagram and WhatsApp were also disrupted.

“There can be no doubt in a democracy force should never seek to overrule the will of the people or attempt to erase the outcome of a credible election,” Biden said.

“The Burmese military should relinquish power they have seized and release the advocates and activists and officials they have detained, lift the restrictions on telecommunications and refrain from violence.”

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