National television station MRTV announced on Saturday night local time that Kyaw Moe Tun would be removed from office, saying that he had “misused the power and duties of the permanent ambassador” and “betrayed the country”.
After being fired, Kyaw Moe Tun said in a speech to Reuters that he “decided to do my best to fight back.” The announcement came as the military stepped up its suppression of anti-coup protesters on Saturday.
In his speech at the General Assembly in New York on Friday, Qiu Maodun ignored the military rulers who now control the country and urged the UN Security Council and the world to take “all necessary means”
He said: “We need the most powerful action by the international community to immediately end the military coup, stop oppressing innocent people, return state power to the people, and restore democracy.”
Kyaw Moe Tun said he will speak on behalf of the Suu Kyi government, which won an overwhelming victory in the November 8 elections.
In contempt, the ambassador also flashed the three-finger “Hunger Games” salute used by street protesters in Myanmar and adopted it from the recent protests in neighboring Thailand.
At the end of the speech, the diplomat received rare applause from his UN colleagues. The new United Nations ambassador Linda Thomas Greenfield praised the envoy’s “brave” remarks.
She said at the conference on Friday: “The United States continues to strongly condemn the military coup in Myanmar.” “We condemn the brutal killing of unarmed people by security forces.”
Thomas Greenfield added that the United States “will continue to provide life-saving humanitarian assistance, including assistance to Rohingya and other vulnerable people in Chin, Kachin, Rakhine and Shan states.”
Akila Radhakrishnan, President of the Global Justice Center, said in a statement on Friday: “The world should commend Kyaw Moe Tun for his bravery on behalf of the people of Myanmar and not the illegal military government for issuing such powerful statement.”
“The international community should recognize the Myanmar People’s Liberation Army and refuse to legalize, normalize or cooperate with the military government to support the wishes of the Burmese people.”
The militant group, the Association for the Assistance of Political Prisoners (AAPP) said that in cities and towns across the country, security forces fired tear gas, rubber bullets, water cannons, and shot into the air to disperse protesters.
According to Reuters, a woman was reportedly shot dead and injured in the central city of Monywa on the grounds that the local media and an emergency rescuer.
In Yangon, the largest city, police fired tear gas and explosions to disperse a group of protesters representing different ethnic groups in Myanmar. An eyewitness told CNN that the protesters had been insulting the police before the sabotage occurred. When the group dispersed, the police pursued them nearby.
In a village on the outskirts of the capital Naypyidaw, riot police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse hundreds of protesters.
AAPP said that as of Saturday, it recorded 854 people arrested, charged or sentenced since the February 1 coup. However, the organization noted that “hundreds” were arrested in Yangon and other places on Saturday.
CNN’s Hamdi Alkhshali, Kristina Sgueglia and Zamira Rahim contributed.