Thursday, February 25, 2021

Multinationals and shops close in protest against Myanmar’s military coup


In Myanmar, tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets again on Monday to protest against the coup that was carried out by the army at the beginning of this month. Reuters news agency reports that companies are on strike in protest and keep their doors closed. In addition to local shops, multinationals such as KFC and meal delivery services are also participating in the strike actions. The protesters want the army to release civilian government leader and election winner Aung San Suu Kyi. Two people were killed in the demonstrations.

The military’s political arm refuses to comply with Suu Kyi’s election victory and wants to hold new elections. The military rulers have used violence in several cities to curb the protests. This weekend, the military warned of further escalation. “Protesters are now inciting people, especially emotional teenagers and young people, to follow a path of confrontation that will cost lives,” the military said on state broadcaster MRTV. Facebook has removed that statement because the military called for violence.

Despite the threatening words of the army, protesters took to the streets in Mandalay, Yangon, Naypyidaw, Myitkyina and Dawei, among others. In Mandalay, the police shot at protesters, killing two people. As far as is known, the ongoing protests had so far claimed the life of one demonstrator. On Friday, a 20-year-old woman who was hit by a bullet died.

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab will strongly criticize Myanmar for violence against protesters, according to British media. In addition, Raab will call for the release of Suu Kyi in a speech at the UN Human Rights Council. The United States, Germany, Japan and Singapore have also condemned the violence.



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