Foreign Secretary Condemns Shooting Of Protestors In Myanmar

Local media reported two were killed after riot police fired live rounds in Mandalay, the country's second-largest city.

The Foreign Secretary has condemned the shooting of peaceful protesters in Myanmar as "beyond the pale" after local media reported two were killed by riot police.

Dominic Raab said the UK will consider "further action" against those "crushing democracy" and "choking dissent".

On 20 February, local media said riot police fired live rounds in Mandalay, the country’s second-largest city, on Saturday.

They said one victim was shot in the head and died at the scene, while another was shot in the chest and died on the way to hospital.

Several other people are reported to have been seriously injured.

Protesters took to the streets this month after the military took over and detained the nation's leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, following her party's landslide victory in November's elections.

The UK said on 19 February it had imposed asset freezes and travel bans on three generals in Myanmar's military regime in response to human rights violations.

As well as the sanctions, the Government has also put further safeguards in place to stop UK aid money indirectly supporting the military government following the coup.

New measures are also being taken to stop UK businesses from working with Myanmar's military.

Earlier this month, Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemned the military coup, tweeting: "The vote of the people must be respected and civilian leaders released."

Cover image: Anti-military coup protesters stand in front of a police line in Mandalay, Myanmar (Picture: PA).