This weekend, the Myanmar military has increased its brutal repression of peaceful protests across the country, leaving many protestors dead or wounded. In shooting against unarmed citizens, the security forces have shown a blatant disregard for international law, and must be held to account. Violence will not give legitimacy to the illegal over-throwing of the democratically-elected Government. The military authorities must immediately stop the use of force against civilians and allow the population to express their right to freedom of expression and assembly.
The European Union resolutely stands with the brave people of Myanmar, who are defending their democracy. The European Union will take measures in response to these developments shortly.