Bangkok, Apr 1 (EFE) .- The Red Cross denounced this Thursday that workers of its organization in Burma (Myanmar) have been arrested and intimidated and have suffered injuries while rendering their services to protesters injured by the repression of the security forces.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Crescent Societies (IFRC) expressed in a statement its concern about the humanitarian crisis unleashed in Burma since the military coup on February 1, with 536 dead so far, according to the Association for the Assistance of Political Prisoners (AAPP).

At least 43 minors have been killed in Burma by the Army

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“First aid and medical assistants have been unjustly arrested, intimidated or injured and ambulances owned by the Red Cross have been damaged. It is unacceptable”, denounced the regional director of the IFRC in the Asia Pacific region, Alexander Matheou.

“Health workers should never be a target. They should have unrestricted humanitarian access for people in need”Matheou added.

The Red Cross also warned that the crisis in Burma creates a health threat due to the paralysis of basic services such as transport or banks, which can make it difficult to maintain humanitarian aid programs.

He also recalled the risk of unleashing a wave of covid-19 infections, which would create a “Perfect storm” in which coronavirus infections would converge with the humanitarian crisis that the country is experiencing.

Despite the repression, protests resumed this Thursday in the country’s main cities, where protesters have announced that they will burn copies of the 2008 Constitution, declared void last night by the so-called civilian government of Burma, made up of elected officials deposed by military junta.

The risk of an all-out civil war led UN special envoy to Burma, Christine Schraner Burgener, on Wednesday to warn of “an imminent bloodbath” of the coup army and to ask the Security Council to consider “significant actions that can reverse the course of events” in this Asian country.

The uniformed men justify the coup for an alleged electoral fraud in the elections of last November, in which Aung San Suu Kyi’s party was destroyed, as it did in 2015; elections that were considered legitimate by international observers.

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