The United Nations has raised its voice against the Myanmar coup. The UN has warned Myanmar’s military that there would be “severe consequences: for the suppression of the ongoing protests.
UN Special Envoy Christine Schraner Burgener said, “The right of peaceful assembly must fully be respected”.
A UN spokesperson said that Schraner Burgener’s warning came during Monday’s phone call with the junta’s deputy head Soe Win.
The special envoy stressed that internet blackouts “undermine core democratic principles”.
Authorities in Myanmar have restored the internet in the country on Tuesday morning.
Several people have been seen protesting in groups in cities such as Yangon and Mandalay. Protesters were seen lying down on the tracks to disrupt services. According to Reuters, train services between Yangon and the southern city of Mawlamyine were blocked as a result.
The military has announced heavy penalties for those opposing the coup leaders. It says people preventing the security forces from carrying out their duties could face 20 years in prison, while those found to stir up fear or unrest in public could be imprisoned for terms of three to seven years.