The army began to threaten in response.
A general strike began in Myanmar on Monday to protest the military takeover, and thousands gathered in the streets, although the army threatens protesters with a move that could cost people their lives, suggesting they could even use sharp ammunition against them.
In Myanmar, dates with more than one identical figure are considered lucky: so is the 22nd of the second month of 2021, similar to the 8th of the eighth month of 1988, when they also protested against a military junta but received bloody repression. Although the army’s reaction has been milder so far, three protesters have already lost their lives. Two of them were shot on Saturday in Mandalay city. A police officer also died in one of the protests, the army said. The deaths did not deter the protesters, and tens of thousands marched on Sunday in Rangoon, the largest city. Many shops and restaurants were not open in the morning for Monday’s general strike call.
The army seized power by force three weeks ago and arrested civilian political leaders, but so far it has been unable to prevent daily protests and the civil disobedience movement, the MTI recalls.
Since early February, a number of foreign countries have protested the military takeover, which the Myanmar Foreign Ministry has taken and is taking as an interference in the country’s internal affairs. Antony Blink U.S. Secretary of State wrote on Twitter on Sunday that the United States will take further decisive action against a military leadership that violently suppresses the coup’s opponents.
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