Myanmar coup leader: 'Join hands' with army for democracy

Posted at 12:23 AM, Feb 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-12 05:30:06-05

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s coup leader has used the country’s Union Day holiday to call on people to work with the military if they want democracy, a request likely to be met with derision by protesters who are pushing for the release from detention of their country’s elected leaders. In addition to the military commander’s message published Friday, the new junta also announced it would mark Union Day by releasing thousands of prisoners and reducing other inmates’ sentences. The Feb. 1 coup reversed nearly a decade of progress toward democracy following 50 years of military rule. The U.N.’s top human rights body opened an urgent session on Friday to discuss the situation, while on Thursday the U.S. announced fresh sanctions targeting Myanmar’s top military officials.