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In Burma Coup More Death In Mandalay As Corrupt Guterres Silent & SC Censored By UK

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UN GATE, Feb 20 – The United States, responding to the coup in Burma, is reviewing all of its programs that benefit the Burmese military.

The review should hurry up, as should efforts to improve the UN's performance and end its censorship under Antonio Guterres. Now, Myanmar police and military used live ammunition, rubber bullets, tear gas, and other projectiles against pro-democracy protesters in Mandalay today, killing at least two civilians and injuring others.

  Guterres, colluding with the killing of civilians in Cameroon and now here, is fixated on trying to steal a second term while blocking the first of what should be many opponents.

 While the US State Department official on February 2, on background, described sanctions on businesses tied to military figures being considered, there is no chance of UNSC sanctions, give for example China's veto right.

    But the United Kingdom as President of the UNSC for February did not even push to have the Tuesday meeting be open, and UK Ambassador Barbara Woodward on February 1 banned the Press - which was given access to Tuesday's background briefing - from her UN "press" conference (at which not a single question on Africa, for example, was taken).

  Here was and is Inner City Press' question to the UK, as UNSC President: ""on deadline, for UK's response to current developments in Myanmar / Burma. Please confirm receipt." This was sent on January 31 to PR Barbara Woodward, Jaclyn Licht, Sorcha Lowry and Isabella Olex; no answer from them or "spokesman" Mungo Woodifield.

Later at the February 2 US State Department briefing, Spokesman Ned Price said, "When it comes to Burma, look, I don’t think the military takeover, the military coup, is in the interest – it’s certainly not in our interest.  It’s certainly not in the interest of our likeminded partners.  I think you will also find that it’s not in the interest of the Chinese.  So our first concern, of course, is the restoration of civilian leadership in Burma.  Our concern, consistent with that, is ensuring that as we undertake this review, now that we have determined that a coup has taken place on February 1st, the civilian-led government has been deposed by the military – our first concern as we do that review will be to ensure that of the $135 million we contribute annually to the people of Burma, that we don’t do anything that would affect the long-suffering people of Burma, including the Rohingya in this case." Inner City Press will have more on this.


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