Three weeks after the seizure of power, the Myanmar military has failed to contain the daily protests and the movement of civil disobedience. Most shops in the country were closed on Monday as part of a general strike. “Everyone is joining in,” said a protester at Hledan Junction in the capital, Yangon. The intersection has become a starting point for the peaceful rallies.
However, media owned by the military warned of further actions on Monday. “The protesters are now inciting people – especially the emotional teenagers and young people – to take a confrontational course where they will lose their lives,” said state television MRTV.
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Another protester said she was scared and prayed before joining the protests on Monday. But she would not be discouraged. “We don’t want the junta, we want democracy. We want to create our own future,” she said. “My mother didn’t stop me from going out on the street, she just said ‘take care’.” City residents reported that the roads to some embassies, including the US embassy, were blocked. Demonstrators often gathered in front of the diplomatic missions to demand foreign intervention.
Several Western countries have condemned the coup and the violence against demonstrators. The military dismissed this as blatant interference in Myanmar’s internal affairs. The authorities are currently exercising “extreme restraint,” said the Foreign Ministry.
The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced on Sunday that the US would continue to act “decisively” against the authorities in Myanmar. “We stand by the side of the Burmese people,” he added.
Suu Kyi remains in custody
The military overthrew the government on February 1 and arrested the de facto Prime Minister Aung San Suu Kyi. On that day, the parliament newly elected in November should have met for its first session. Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NDL) party won the election by a large margin, but the military speaks of fraud.
The protesters are calling for Suu Kyi to be reinstated. They also want to overturn the 2008 constitution, in which the military is assigned a formative role in politics. The army ruled Myanmar continuously until 2011. (apa, reuters)
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