Myanmar’s military coup opponents called for a general strike and more street protests on Monday, as authorities said the confrontation could claim the lives of others after two protesters were killed over the weekend.
Despite the deployment of more forces and pledges to hold new elections, the military leaders have failed to stop the daily protests and civil disobedience movement that has been going on for more than two weeks, calling for a reversal of the February 1 coup and the release of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
The shooting of two protesters in Mandalay, Myanmar’s second largest city, did not frustrate the protesters on Sunday, leaving tens of thousands in it, and Yangon, the largest city in Myanmar.
MR. Government TV demonstrators protested today, and said that “the protesters are now inciting, especially, enthusiastic teenagers and young men on the road to a confrontation in which they will suffer loss of life.”
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Biya said that “the authorities exercise the utmost restraint,” and the ministry criticized some foreign countries for statements it described as blatant interference in their internal affairs.
Several Western countries condemned the coup and condemned the violence against the protesters. The United States, Japan, Singapore, Britain and Germany condemned the violence. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that “the use of lethal force is unacceptable.”
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said on Twitter yesterday evening that “the United States will continue to take firm measures against the authorities that violently suppress opponents of the military coup in Myanmar.”
“The United States stands by the people of Burma with their demand for the restoration of their democratically elected government,” Blinken wrote in the post, which came 10 days after the United States imposed sanctions on the acting president of Myanmar and several other army officers.
Residents in Yangon said that the roads leading to some embassies, including the US embassy, were closed today, and diplomatic missions became gathering points for protesters calling for foreign intervention.
The army seized power after alleged fraud in the elections last November 8, which was swept away by the National League for Democracy party led by Suu Kyi, and arrested her and others, and the Election Commission rejected complaints of election fraud.
The Association for the Assistance of Political Prisoners in Myanmar said that 640 people have been arrested, charged or sentenced since the coup, including former members of the government and opponents of the military’s takeover.
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