Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of major cities in Myanmar against the February 1 military coup. Street actions are part of a general strike that has begun in the country.
The military government warns that the protesters have embarked on a dangerous path, and their actions could lead to human casualties.
Last Sunday, at least two people were killed in clashes with police.
“The protest coordinators are pushing people into a confrontation in which they will die,” anchors from the state-run MRTV channel said in the news. The junta-controlled media urges citizens to refrain from rebellion and anarchy.
The strikers demand the removal of the military from power and the immediate release of the de facto leader of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi and the leadership of its National League for Democracy.
Suu Kyi is accused of illegally transporting, storing and using walkie-talkies, violating the import law, as well as the law on the prevention of natural disasters.
The country’s new government is also under international pressure.
Demonstrations take place in all major cities. Judging by the pictures on social networks, a huge number of people take part in them, waving flags and shouting slogans.
According to Frontier editor Thompson Chau, the current protests are much more widespread, more roads are blocked, shops are closed everywhere.
“Today it’s more of a giant strike given that people just didn’t show up for work,” Chau told the BBC. According to him, even public sector workers are on strike: tax officials, journalists, doctors and public utilities.
The new wave of protests is already being compared to the August 1988 uprising, which became one of the bloodiest in the country’s history.
Then the military killed hundreds of demonstrators. Many in the country believe that those events shared the course of Mnyama’s history.
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