Three weeks after the putsch of February 1, pro-democracy mobilization does not weaken with tens of thousands of demonstrators on Sunday.
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The Burmese junta hardens its tone, after a weekend of bloody violence. The military warned protesters they risked death if they protested, which did not deter thousands from taking to the streets again on Monday, February 22. “Protesters are urging people to embark on the path of confrontation where they will perish”, said a statement in Burmese read on the public channel MRTV.
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The UN special rapporteur for human rights in Burma said he was deeply concerned by these threats. “Warning to the junta: unlike 1988, the actions of the security forces are recorded and you will have to answer”, he assured on Twitter.
According to the Association for Aid to Political Prisoners, 640 people have been arrested since the putsch. Among those targeted are railway workers, civil servants and bank employees who have stopped working in solidarity with the opposition to the junta.
The junta also attacked communications by drastically restricting access to the internet overnight from Sunday to Monday, for the eighth consecutive night, according to NetBlocks, a specialized observatory located in the United Kingdom.
The escalation of tensions prompted new international condemnations, denounced Sunday evening by the Burmese Foreign Ministry as a “blatant interference”. European Union foreign ministers are due to meet on Monday to discuss possible sanctions.
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