Germany on Friday condemned the violent clampdown on pro-democracy protestors in Myanmar in the strongest terms, saying no government had the right to oppress people longing for freedom.
"The violent action taken against the demonstrators in Myanmar, which has already claimed the lives of several victims, should be condemned in the strongest possible terms," said Guenter Nooke, the commissioner for human rights policy in the foreign ministry.
"The peaceful protests in Myanmar shows clearly that the wish for freedom is alive in all regions and cultures of the world.
"No government in the world has the right to violently oppress this wish," he said.
Security forces used baton charges on Friday against protesters in Myanmar's two biggest cities in the third day of a clampdown that has left at least 13 people dead.