NAYPYITAW, KOMPAS.com – Tens of thousands of people have again staged protests on the streets of Myanmar’s major cities as part of a civil strike calling for resistance to Monday’s military coup.
BBC reported, all business sectors closed as owners and employees joined in the strike.
The protesters were not affected by the military statement. The junta government had previously warned of taking extreme measures, in which demonstrators might lose their lives.
Myanmar civilians have staged protests weeks after the military coup on February 1.
“Protesters are now inciting people to use confrontational means, which could cost them their lives,” said a statement to the broadcaster. MRTV state-run, warning demonstrators against “rioting and anarchy” that could ensue.
The warning comes after at least two people were killed in protests on Sunday (21/2/2021). The threat to protesters yesterday was the worst violence in more than two weeks of demonstrations.
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Military leaders overthrew the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi and placed him under house arrest. Myanmar’s de facto leader is accused of possessing illegal walkie-talkies and violating the country’s Natural Disaster Act.
The protesters are demanding an end to military action and want Suu Kyi to be released along with senior members of her National League for Democracy (NLD) party.
Foreign pressure on military leaders was also high. On Monday evening, British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab also demanded the release of Suu Kyi.
The “Two Five” general strike against the military rule on 22.2.2021 are growing hour by hour in the downtown Yangon marked by ancient Sule Pagoda. #2Fivegeneralstrike #WhatIsHappeningInMyanmar pic.twitter.com/ClwDvxk36q
— Myanmar Now (@Myanmar_Now_Eng) February 22, 2021
What’s happening today?
Demonstrations are ongoing in all of Myanmar’s main cities. Protesters waved flags and chanted protest slogans.
Local media have posted images of massive crowds gathering in different parts of the country.
Thompson Chau, editor of local media outlet Frontier, said today’s protests felt much bigger than before.
“More roads are blocked, highways are blocked and shops are closed wherever we go,” he told BBC World Service.
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According to him, today’s demonstration is more real, a big strike. Meaning everyone won’t work and all shops are closed.
Even citizens working for state-owned companies, tax reporting and departments, government doctors to engineers all went on strike.
There have been no reports of violence today, despite stern warnings conveyed by the military in state media.
Monday’s protest (22/2/2021), dubbed the “Revolution 22222” because it took place on February 22, was compared by protesters to a demonstration on August 8, 1988.
In the demonstration, known as the 8888 uprising, Burma witnessed one of the most brutal protests in the history of its nation.
At that time the Burmese military cracked down on anti-government demonstrations, killing hundreds of protesters. For many of its citizens, the date is seen as an important moment in Myanmar.
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