Night raids and new demonstrations, and the number of detainees exceeds 1,500
Reuters quoted a member of an international pressure group as saying that the generals in Myanmar are seeking to improve relations with the United States and distance themselves from China, while security forces launched night raids and a campaign of arrests on Saturday in the main city of Yangon after dispersing new protests condemning the coup.
Ari Ben-Menashe, a former Israeli military intelligence official who previously represented Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe and the military rulers of Sudan, said Myanmar’s generals also want to return the Rohingya Muslims who fled to neighboring Bangladesh.
Ben Menashe, who holds dual Israeli and Canadian citizenship and was assigned by the Myanmar junta to defend his interests, added that Myanmar generals had assigned him and his company “Dickens & Madison (Canada)” to help communicate with the United States and other countries, which he said “misunderstood them.” “.
He said that former Prime Minister Aung San Sochi has become so close to China that the generals do not like, stressing that they are “trying to move towards the West and the United States instead of trying to get close to China .. They do not want to be a Chinese puppet.”
Meanwhile, the Myanmar security forces launched night raids and arrests yesterday in the main city of Yangon after dispersing new protests condemning the coup with tear gas and sound bombs.
Daily protests and strikes have continued since the military ousted Aung San Sochi and detained her on the 1st of last month.
Demonstrators took part in separate protests across Myanmar yesterday, and local media reported that police fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse protesters in the Sanshong district of Yangon, the country’s largest city.
Residents said that soldiers and police penetrated several areas in Yangon, and fired shots late at night, and arrested at least 3 people in Kyauctada town.
The Association for the Assistance of Political Prisoners has reported that more than 1,500 people have been arrested since the coup. This association and the United Nations say more than 50 protesters have died.
The protesters are demanding the release of Sochi and respect for the results of the elections, which its party won by an overwhelming majority, but the army rejected it, pledging to hold democratic elections at an unspecified date.
In another development, dozens of Myanmar gathered at the border with India in an attempt to enter Indian lands, similar to about 50 of their citizens who had previously crossed the border to escape the repercussions of the coup, according to what Indian officials announced yesterday.
Meanwhile, Myanmar authorities demanded India to return 8 policemen who fled this week.