“The protesters are inciting people, especially teenagers, to participate in the protest and risk their lives not being preserved,” according to a statement on state television MRTV. The statement also warned protesters not to incite riot and promote anarchy.
However, thousands of protesters continued to take to the streets in Yangon city on February 22. Markets and shops in many places are expected to remain closed in favor of the protesters.
Organization Association to Support Political Prisoners in Myanmar said as of February 21, 640 people have been arrested, charged or convicted after the coup on February 1.
The Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) Antonio Guterres condemns the “use of lethal force” in Myanmar. The US, UK, and Canada have condemned the use of lethal force and in turn announced sanctions against Myanmar army generals. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on February 21 warned that Washington would take “hard action” against the Myanmar army.
In response, Myanmar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs accused the UN and foreign government of “blatant intervention” in the country’s internal affairs.
The Myanmar army came to power on February 1 after making allegations that there were cheating in the January 8 election, with Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party winning a great victory. for. Myanmar’s electoral commission has denied all charges by the military.
However, the military insists that coming to power, declaring a year-long emergency is constitutional and supported by the majority of the people, and then gradually uses force against protesters, according to AFP. Military and police sometimes use rubber bullets, tear gas, tornado, and even real bullets.
Ms. Suu Kyi is under house arrest and facing charges of violating the Natural Disaster Management Law and violating the import and export law for illegally importing 6 radios. She will appear in court on March 1.
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