United Nations — The bloodshed in Myanmar has drawn an unusual consensus from the 15 nations on the U.N. Security Council, which adopted its strongest statement to date on Wednesday condemning "the violence against peaceful protestors, including against women, youth and children."

The Council's statement was a diplomatic step forward as China and Russia had, until Wednesday, been willing to defend the actions of Myanmar's military junta, which seized power in a February 1 coup, ousting the civilian government and arresting its leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.

Protests have increased weekly across Myanmar since the coup. More than 60 demonstrators have been killed across the country as the junta's security forces open fire with tear gas, rubber bullets, sling shots and live ammunition.

The Council's statement expressed "deep concern at developments in Myanmar following the declaration of the state of emergency imposed by the military on 1 February and the arbitrary detention of members of the Government, including State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint and others."

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