Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Protesters call for a strike in Nay Pyi Taw today


Myanmar has been hit by five deaths in a row. A general anti-junta strike was called across the country on Monday after four people were killed and at least 100 injured in a shootout with junta forces and police on Saturday.

Earlier on Friday, an injured student died. As a result, the Non-Cooperation Movement (CDM) called for a strike to overthrow the military.

Millions of people will participate in it. It will be held on 22.02.2021 and hence it has been named ‘Five Two Revolution’. Meanwhile, the junta has denied responsibility for the murder of the student who died on Friday after being attacked in Naypyidaw. Irabati.

Although the junta is moving slowly after taking power on the first of February, it is gradually rising. Recently, the crackdown on protesters has intensified. Protests against the army’s rule will not be tolerated, the military has indicated. Four people were killed and more than a hundred were injured in attacks by the army and police in different parts of the country on Saturday. On the contrary, the people are not willing to leave. They called for a general strike on Monday. Rights activists and celebrities from different walks of life have called on every citizen to join the strike.

If the general strike is finally ignored by the junta, it will be the second popular revolution in Myanmar’s modern history since August 8, 1976. Hundreds of thousands of people took part in that revolution. Today’s strike is expected to shut down the country’s offices, courts and businesses. On Sunday, Myanmar’s largest retailer City Mart Holding and Thai wholesaler Macro announced their business closures on Monday in Yangon and other cities. In addition, most shop and market owners have been telling their customers since Saturday that the company will be closed on Monday. In the meantime, a few days, including today, are very important for Myanmar as the protests intensify. Both the junta and the people are desperate for their own position. Thousands of people across the country protested on Sunday, ignoring the junta’s threat. Some people have posted on social media, ‘The more you suppress, the more we will stand up.’ Through this, they are presenting the image of their determination. A committee comprising leaders of 25 organizations has been formed to ensure the smooth conduct of the general strike. These include leaders and activists from political parties, labor organizations, student and peasant organizations, religious, women, lawyers, doctors, writers and monks from various organizations. The committee will work for the abolition of military rule, the repeal of the 2006 constitution, and the formation of the Federal Democratic Union. The committee will form their various regional and subcommittees. Committee member and Democratic Party for New Society (DPNS) member Aung Moe Zhao said, “We will not back down. If we show relaxation now, the junta will sit idly by. Repression will be severe. Now the organizations have no choice but to unite and intensify the movement.

Mia Thoet Khain, a 20-year-old student, was seriously injured when riot police attacked protesters in Nay Pyi Taw on 10 February. He died at the hospital on February 19. He was the first to be killed in the anti-coup revolution. But the junta has denied responsibility for his death. A junta spokesman told the state-run newspaper The Mirror on Sunday that, according to postmortem reports, a piece of graphite had been found on Thoet’s head. It is a pattern of weapons different from those used by the Myanmar police. During the demonstration, much less of the Myanmar Police still do not use such weapons.

The newspaper further claimed that when the rioters blocked the way of the police, they went to disperse to clear the road and got involved in clashes. Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Saturday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck. For the first time, many casualties occurred. The protesters called a general strike in protest.





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