Bloody suppression despite international pressure… Myanmar military “familiar with sanctions”

The number of victims continues to rise amid the military’s bloody crackdown against protesters against the coup. International pressures are increasing, including the US’s announcement of trade sanctions, but the military has not budged, and governments are recommending Koreans living in Myanmar to return.

Reporter Jung Hye-kyung reports.

Even today (5th), a 27-year-old young man who attended the protest was shot dead by a police officer in the neck.

The citizens of Myanmar are confronting virtually massacre suppression, such as tear gas, rubber bullets, and machine gun fire from the military and police.

More than 50 victims have been confirmed to date, but the actual deaths are likely to be higher.

The Myanmarians are calling for international intervention, saying they can no longer see people dying.

[삼 피앙/방콕 거주 미얀마인 : 우리는 폭력과 총격을 원하지 않습니다. UN이 나서서 우리 국가에 정의를 찾아와 주길 요구합니다.]

The U.S. Department of Commerce has announced trade sanctions against the Myanmar military and related companies, and the World Bank has also decided to temporarily suspend funding for Myanmar.

However, despite successive sanctions, the Myanmar military has not been buzzing, as if it was already expected.

[크리스틴 슈래너 버기너/유엔 미얀마특사 : (미얀마 군부에) 회원국들이 큰 제재를 가하겠다고 경고했으나 대답은 ‘우리는 제재에 익숙하고 과거에도 그런 제재들로부터 살아남았다’는 것이었습니다.]

As the situation worsens, governments are rushing their citizens to return home.

390 Vietnamese returned home yesterday via two state-run Vietnam Airlines airliners, and the Singaporean government also advised their citizens to escape from Myanmar as soon as possible.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is also reviewing the use of special aircraft, but it is said that there are not many people who want to return to Korea.

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(Video coverage: Choi Woong Choi, video editing: Yonghwa Jung)

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