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<p>Protesters made makeshift barricades to stop the military</p>
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25-year-old British national in Myanmar says she has been hearing constant gunshots for days and is concerned about returning to the UK safely.

Lydia, from south London, flew to Myanmar in July last year to volunteer in a British primary school.

The 25-year-old said she was aware of some political unrest in the country, formerly known as Burma, but had no idea that a military coup would take place until she woke up on the morning of February 1 to discover no one had access to the Internet.

Protests against the military coup have been growing with the military’s response becoming increasingly violent.

Lydia told the Evening Standard: “It was quite calm and then the protests started happening. For the first two weeks the military didn’t want to resort to violence.

“Then the protests started getting bigger and bigger and the military made an announcement last week that they were going to end it by using any means necessary.

“I’ve been hearing constant gunshots from my apartment for the past few days.

Protesters made makeshift barricades to stop the military

/ Lydia

“From my window I can see the people protesting are making barricades to keep the military out. This morning they were making shields from whatever they could find.”

She said the military later broke through the barricade and a protester ran into her apartment building.

“They grabbed him and led him outside with a gun to his head. I was terrified,” Lydia said.

According to the independent Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, as many as 1,000 people were detained on Sunday, including several journalists.

Lydia said there has been some “confusion” from the UK Government about whether British nationals need a coronavirus test to leave the country.

She said there were reports that some British Nationals were turned away from the airport on Sunday because they didn’t have a Covid-19 test, however this is thought to be due to a misunderstanding with an airline’s interpretation of Government advice.

The UK Government is advising British Nationals who have concerns for their safety to consider leaving Myanmar by commercial means. People arriving in England from Myanmar are currently exempt from rules requiring a pre-departure test.

Travel guidance was updated on Monday to extend the travel exemption.

“We’ve booked our tickets for a relief flight on Thursday but we’re really worried,” Lydia told the Standard.

“They only take cash here and all of the ATMs don’t have any money. We tried to go to one yesterday, but we saw a standoff with the military in the street and they started marching towards us so we ran home.

“It’s impossible to do anything here.”

Lydia said the charity she works for has been communicating with the government and local hospitals. The charity was told “26 people died” after they were shot during the protests including “a little boy who was also shot”.

The United Nations said it has “credible information” that at least 18 people were killed and 30 were wounded across Myanmar on Sunday.

Myanmar police use teargas on protesters in Yangon

But the independent news outlet, the Democratic Voice of Burma, has put the death toll somewhere in the 20s.

The UN’s independent expert on human rights in Myanmar, Tom Andrews, said in a statement: “What the world is watching in Myanmar is outrageous and unacceptable.

“Words of condemnation are necessary and welcome but insufficient. The world must act. We must all act.”

Since her arrival in Myanmar, Lydia said the coronavirus restrictions have become stricter and she has been mostly volunteering from her apartment in Yangon, the largest city in Myanmar.

“It’s really scary and I feel like we, British nationals, feel all alone,” Lydia said.

A protester was arrested after they attempted to flee the military

/ Lydia

“A lot of people are worried about being stuck here but a lot of us also feel guilty because we want to help our friends who are protesting.”

UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab called on the generals to release all those “detained arbitrarily” since they seized power.

He told reporters on Monday: “One month on and the military in Myanmar continues to escalate its use of violence to support its coup, including the killing of peaceful protesters over the weekend.

“The people of Myanmar want their voices heard and are showing huge bravery in response to this brutality.

“Today, Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s elected leader, again faced politically-motivated charges.

“The international community must do everything it can to bring pressure to bear to halt the violence, release those detained arbitrarily and restore the elected government.”

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Daunte Wright’s household connect with for additional really serious charges from white law enforcement officer accused of killing him

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Daunte Wright’s family call for more serious charges against white police officer accused of killing him
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aunte Wright’s household has identified as for far more critical prices from the white law enforcement officer accused of killing him.

They joined group leaders in comparing the circumstance to a murder charge introduced in opposition to a black officer who killed a white female in close by Minneapolis.

Previous Brooklyn Centre police Officer Kim Potter was billed with second-diploma manslaughter in Sunday’s shooting of 20-yr-old Mr Wright, who was black.

The previous police main in Brooklyn Centre, a majority non-white suburb, said Potter mistakenly fired her handgun when she meant to use her Taser and each the chief and Potter resigned.

Potter, who was introduced on 100,000 US pounds bond hrs following her arrest Wednesday, appeared alongside her law firm, Earl Grey, at her first physical appearance Thursday around Zoom, stating pretty minor.

Mr Grey kept his digicam on himself for most of the listening to, swivelling it just to exhibit Potter only briefly.

Her next courtroom visual appeal was set for May well 17

Mr Wright’s mom Katie mentioned: “Unfortunately, there’s under no circumstances going to be justice for us.

“Justice isn’t even a term to me. I do want accountability.”

Wright family law firm Ben Crump explained “full accountability, to get equal justice” is all the spouse and children wants – “nothing much more, absolutely nothing less”.

Mr Crump and other advocates for Mr Wright stage to the 2017 circumstance of Mohamed Noor, a black policeman who shot useless Justine Ruszczyk Damond, a white girl who was dual citizen of the US and Australia, in the alley at the rear of her dwelling immediately after she named 911 to report what she thought was a girl currently being assaulted

He was convicted of 3rd-diploma murder in addition to next-degree manslaughter and sentenced to 12 1/2 a long time in prison. Potter’s demand carries a optimum 10-year jail sentence.

Mr Wright’s demise arrived as the broader Minneapolis location awaits the outcome of the demo for Derek Chauvin, just one of 4 officers billed in George Floyd’s loss of life.

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