Arab News Japan
TOKYO: The Japanese government strongly condemned the use of force against civilians by the Myanmar military and police that continue to cause a large number of deaths and injuries in the country, with the death toll reaching the highest number on March 27 alone, despite repeated calls by the international community.
“I offer my condolences to the bereaved families and express my heartfelt sympathies to the injured,” Foreign Minister MOTEGI Toshimitsu said in a statement.
Motegi used strong words in the statement, saying that shooting against civilians, the inhumane treatment of detainees and the strict crackdown on media activities by the Myanmar military and police are actions that contradict what the Myanmar military officially announced about the importance of democracy.
“The Myanmar military leadership should recall that the military is an organization for protecting the lives of its people from foreign threats,” the Foreign Minister said, stressing that the use of live ammunition against peaceful protests can never be tolerated.
“The Government of Japan once again strongly urges the Myanmar military to immediately stop resorting to violence against civilians, release those who are detained including State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and swiftly restore Myanmar’s democratic political system,” Motegi said.
The condemnation was released after Myanmar’s security forces killed at least 90 people Saturday in the bloodiest day since the military seized power, according to a monitoring group.