Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of Myanmar’s largest cities on Monday in protest of the country’s February 1 coup. This was one of the biggest demonstrations in recent weeks.
The Myanmar army warned that people risked their lives to take to the streets, but in many places crowds filled the streets. The protesters were armed with posters and dispersed various slogans. The protests were like a big strike, as roads were blocked in many places and many businesses were closed. At least four people have died in protests since the coup.
Thousands gathering at Sule downtown, which had been blocked off by police on Friday and Saturday pic.twitter.com/OtJayeklxR
– Andrew Nachemson (@ANachemson) February 22, 2021
As the protest movement grows, so does the pressure on the Myanmar army from outside. At a meeting in Brussels on Monday, European Union foreign ministers warned Myanmar’s military leaders that the EU was ready to impose sanctions on those who carried out the coup.
The use of brutal force against the population has been condemned by UN Secretary-General Antoniu Guteresre, while politicians in several countries have demanded the release of the arrested Myanmar government, Nobel Peace Prize winner Auna San Suu Kyi.
A military coup took place in the south-east Asian country of Myanmar in early February. The generals based the coup on alleged irregularities in the November elections. The National League for Democracy had won a convincing election. The military junta has declared a state of emergency for a year, promising to hold new elections afterwards, without specifying exactly when they might take place.
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