Myanmar’s ambassador to the United Nations made an emotional plea on Friday to the international community for the “strongest possible action” against the military’s rule, as riot police violently clamped down on anti-coup protests in the Southeast Asian country.
Since the February 1 toppling of civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar has seen a burst of demonstrations demanding a return to democracy while outrage from abroad has mounted.
The nation’s UN envoy, Kyaw Moe Tun, made the extremely rare move as a representative when he broke with the rulers of his country during an address at the UN General Assembly.
“We need… the strongest possible action from the international community to immediately end the military coup, to stop oppressing the innocent people, to return the state power to the people, and to restore the democracy,” he said, his voice at times cracking with emotion.
He also flashed the three-fingered salute — a symbol of resistance for anti-coup demonstrators, and was met with applause in the chamber.