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Irish citizens advised to consider leaving Myanmar as protest death toll rises

Irish citizens in Myanmar are being advised to consider leaving as violence worsens.

Myanmar has been in turmoil since the generals ousted and detained civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, triggering mass protests demanding a return to democracy.

At least 90 people were killed after security forces opened fire on anti-coup protesters.

The United States, Britain, Japan and Australia were among the 12 countries who penned a joint statement to condemn the Myanmar military’s use of lethal force against civilians.

“We urge the Myanmar Armed Forces to cease violence and work to restore respect and credibility with the people of Myanmar that it has lost through its actions.”

The current advice is for Irish citizens to “consider leaving the country by commercial means unless they have an urgent reason to stay”, and anyone in Myanmar with concerns is advised to contact the embassy on +6620161360.

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