Hundreds of thousands of protesters defied the junta’s warnings and demonstrated in Myanmar on Monday. Activists call for a general strike.
Authorities call popular opposition to the coup anarchy, and on Sunday night they issued the most threatening warning so far that the patience of military leaders is coming to an end.
But on Monday, local media reported that the demonstrations are the most extensive that have been since the coup. Images circulating on social media showed huge crowds in major cities such as Yangon and Mandalay.
Many shops began to lower their limbs in order to comply with the call to show resistance by hitting the economy and thereby weakening the regime. Only grocery stores are kept open.
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Thousands of government employees, factory workers, paramedics, engineers, teachers and bank employees have said they do not want to work under a military regime. They demand that the previous government be reinstated. Constantly new action groups are being formed on Twitter.
The latest warning from the junta came after three people were shot and killed during clashes over the weekend. The funeral of a young woman on Sunday made the crowds even more excited. She was killed by gunfire from a previous clash.
Democracy put on ice
The massive street demonstrations were triggered by the military coup on February 1, the arrest of civilian political leader Aung San Suu Kyi, and the ten-year experiment with a kind of democracy stalled.
The international alarm went off, and the pressure from the outside world is increasing day by day. On Monday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres condemned the junta’s use of force, and the EU announced sanctions. The Biden administration in the United States has also come with strong criticism.
The demonstrations have been tightened up through a civil disobedience campaign that is blocking the state apparatus and affecting banks and businesses.
– Encourages the young
The protesters are inciting the people, especially the young people, to strike a line of confrontation that will lead to the loss of human life, it was announced in an announcement on the Myanmar state channel MRTV on Sunday night. It was performed in Burmese with English subtitles. Rebellion and anarchy would not be tolerated, was the main message.
Large forces have been deployed, and a ring of heavy vehicles and police have been called around the embassy district. During previous clashes, police have used water cannons, rubber bullets, batons, tear gas and – in some cases – sharp shots.
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