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Myanmar's UN ambassador fired after anti-coup speech

February 28, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Myanmar's military junta fired the country's United Nations ambassador Saturday after he made an impassioned plea at the UN General Assembly for international action to help overturn the coup.

(CNN)Myanmar's military junta fired the country's United Nations ambassador Saturday after he made an impassioned plea at the UN General Assembly for international action to help overturn the coup.

Speaking to Reuters following his firing, Kyaw Moe Tun said that he "decided to fight back as long as I can. " The announcement came as the military intensified its crackdown on anti-coup protesters Saturday.

Myanmar has seen 21 consecutive days of protests since the country's military seized power in a coup on February 1, ousting the democratically-elected government of civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been detained alongside other government leaders including President Win Myint.

Addressing the assembly in New York on Friday, Kyaw Moe Tun defied the military rulers now in control of the country and urged the UN Security Council and the world to use "any means necessary" to rescue the people of Myanmar and hold the military to account.

"We need further 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.

"The United States continues to strongly condemn the military coup in Myanmar," she said Friday, addressing the assembly.

"The world should applaud the bravery of Representative Kyaw Moe Tun for delivering such a powerful statement on behalf of the people of Myanmar, not the illegitimate military junta," Akila Radhakrishnan, president of the Global Justice Center, said in a statement Friday.

The military continued its crackdown of anti-coup protesters on Saturday with hundreds reportedly arrested, including journalists.

Activist group, the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), said that in towns and cities across the country, security forces fired tear gas, rubber bullets, water cannon and shot their guns into the air to disperse protesters.

In the biggest city Yangon, police fired tear gas and flash bangs to break up a group of protesters representing Myanmar's different ethnic groups.

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