The military has deployed more troops and vowed to hold new elections, but generals have failed to stop more than two weeks of daily protests and civil disobedience movements calling for the reversal of the February 1 coup and the release of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
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Prominent youth activist, Maung Saungkha, urged people to join today’s protests.
“Those who don’t dare to go out stay at home. I will come out any way I can. I will look forward to Generation Z. Let’s meet, partners, “he was quoted as saying in a Facebook post overnight Reuters, Monday (22/2/2021).
In a country where the date is considered favorable, protesters note the importance of the date 22.2.2021, comparing it to the demonstration on August 8, 1988, when the previous generation staged anti-military protests that were crushed by bloodshed.
The security forces’ response this time has been less lethal, but at least three protesters have died after two were shot dead in the town of Mandalay on Saturday. One policeman died of injuries during the protests.
The deaths in Mandalay did not discourage protesters yesterday, when tens of thousands of demonstrators took action again in the city and in Myanmar’s largest city; Yangon.
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