Some companies in Myanmar are keeping their doors closed on Monday in protest against the military coup. Tens of thousands of protesters also took to the streets, despite the deadly violence used in protests last weekend.
In addition to local shops, branches of some international chains also closed their doors. These include KFC fast food restaurants and home delivery services.
Authorities have warned of the consequences of further escalation. “Protesters are now inciting people to follow a path of confrontation that will cost lives,” said a statement distributed via state broadcaster. MRTV.
Despite that warning, there were again major protests in the metropolis of Rangoon, capital Nay Pyi Taw and the cities of Myitkyina and Dawei.
Myanmar experienced the bloodiest day on Saturday since the army deposed head of government Aung San Suu Kyi at the beginning of this month. Two people were killed when police began firing at protesters in Mandalay city. This increased the death toll as a result of the violence against demonstrators to three.
Hundreds of people also flocked to Mya Thwate Thwate Khaing’s funeral on Sunday. She was shot on February 9 and later died of her injuries. The twenty-year-old woman became a symbol of the resistance against the military rulers.
The generals took power in the aftermath of last year’s elections. Then Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s political party won convincingly from a party affiliated with the military. According to the military, there has been fraud.
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