Wednesday, February 24, 2021

“Revolution” in Myanmar: People defy army threat of violent crackdown on protests – International


Demonstrators took to the streets in large numbers on Monday in several cities in Myanmar in one of the largest national protests since the military coup that took place three weeks ago, defying the army’s threats, reports The Guardian .

Crowds have gathered in Yangon, Naypyidaw, Mandalay and other cities despite the military junta’s threat of violence and the risk of loss of life.

Pro-democracy activists called for massive demonstrations for Monday, talking about the “Revolution of the five of two”, alluded to on 22.02.2021. Protesters compared Monday to August 8, 1988 (or August 8, 1988), when the military brutally responded to pro-democracy demonstrations, killing hundreds or injuring people.

In a message broadcast on MRTV on Sunday night, the military accused the protesters of inciting the world, especially teenagers and young people, by marching on their emotional side, pushing them to a confrontation in which they could lose their lives. .

Despite this warning, thousands of protesters took to the streets on Monday.

Three protesters were killed in the three weeks of daily protests, including a teenager and a young man, police and the army using ammunition. Security forces fired on an ambulance carrying wounded assisted by volunteer doctors, according to eyewitnesses quoted by the Guardian.

The army staged a coup three weeks ago under the pretext of so-called electoral fraud in the November elections, which were categorically won by Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy, which is still under house arrest.

At least 640 people have been arrested, some of whom have already been convicted. There are currently 593 opponents in detention. EU foreign ministers are due to discuss sanctions on Myanmar’s army on Monday.



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