G7 foreign ministers condemn Myanmar violence

Foreign ministers of the Group of Seven industrialized nations have condemned violence by Myanmar's security authorities carried out on people protesting the country's coup.

The ministers said in a statement on Tuesday that "use of live ammunition against unarmed people is unacceptable." They added "Anyone responding to peaceful protests with violence must be held to account."

They raised concern about "the crackdown on freedom of expression, including through the internet blackout and draconian changes to the law that repress free speech."

The statement condemned the clampdown as "the intimidation and oppression of those opposing the coup."

It called for "the immediate and unconditional release of those detained arbitrarily, including State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi."

The ministers said they continue to stand with the people of Myanmar in their quest for democracy and freedom.

General strikes and massive rallies have taken place across Myanmar in protest against a military coup on February 1. Security forces opened fire on protesters, resulting in deaths and injuries.