Five staff members at Myanmar's embassy in Washington said Thursday they have joined a movement against the country's military government that ousted the elected civilian government and detained de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other high-ranking officials of her National League for Democracy Party.
In a joint statement on Facebook, the embassy staffers said they would collaborate with those involved in what they describe as the non-violent, anti-government movement.
The employees are Zin Phone Tint, Thet Htar Mya Yee San, Kyu Kyu Myint, Kyaw Swar Tun and Su Su Aung.
The staff members said they were "deeply saddened" by the coup and the harsh crackdown on coup protesters and called for a return to a civilian government by respecting the results of the November 2020 election.
A clerk at Myanmar's embassy in Berlin, Myat Zar Zar Khaing, posted on Facebook Thursday that she was also participating in the anti-military government movement.
The Myanmar Embassy in Washington said in a statement Thursday it was "greatly saddened" and "deeply distressed that security forces killed civilians, including children, during peaceful demonstrations against the military government in Myanmar.
The announcements from the employees came as demonstrations against Myanmar's military government resumed across the country Thursday, one day after a crackdown the United Nations described as "the bloodiest day" since the February 1 coup.