UK says Myanmar killings are abhorrent, urges return to democracy

Myanmar citizens shout as they join a Thai an anti-government protest in Bangkok, Thailand February 28, 2021. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain said on Sunday that escalating violence against protesters in Myanmar was abhorrent and it called on the country's military leaders to restore democracy.

Myanmar police fired on protesters earlier on Sunday in the bloodiest day of weeks of demonstrations against a coup and at least 18 people were killed, the U.N. human rights office said.

"Working with the U.S. and Canada, the UK has taken action by imposing human rights sanctions against nine Myanmar military officers, including the commander-in-chief, for their role in the coup," a spokeswoman for Britain's Foreign Office said.

"We are clear that this violence must stop and democracy must be restored."

(Writing by William Schomberg; Editing by David Clarke)

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