Monday, February 22, 2021 18:00 (GMT + 7)
The Myanmar military government on February 21 warned protesters could “lose their lives” if they continued to confront armed security forces, in the context of protesters announcing they would hold a nationwide march. .
Protesters confronted Myanmar security forces.
Myanmar experienced the bloodiest days of protests when police opened fire on crowds in Mandalay, the country’s second-largest city, according to CNN.
“The protesters are taking actions to incite the crowd, carry out destructive actions, and entice the youth. The confrontation path they choose will lead to loss of life “, the Myanmar military government announced on the evening of February 21.
The Myanmar army so far has not directly suppressed protesters, but assigned the task to the police and security forces. Peaceful protests became chaotic when police used real bullets to shoot at crowds, protesters alleged.
Video shared on social networks on the night of February 21 and the morning of February 22, showed security forces set up barbed wire fences at foreign embassies in Yangon city. Military vehicles from the army also took part in patrols with police vehicles.
The protesters have called on all Burmese people to join in protesting the coup. Most shops and offices in Myanmar are closed on February 22.
“February 22 will be a historic day. Watch us and pray for us, ”said the Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM), which led the wave of protests, declared on social media.
Over the past two weeks, thousands of people in Myanmar’s rural areas and major cities have joined peaceful protests, calling on the military to return power, and release elected leaders. .
The army announced that the police were allowed to suppress the protesters according to curfew regulations, which forbid gathering more than 5 people. Internet connection in Myanmar is still interrupted sometimes.
The army’s elite anti-insurgent forces are dispatched to many major cities, ready to intervene if the situation gets out of control, according to CNN.
In Yangon, protesters marched outside the US Embassy, holding up a banner “Help Myanmar”. In the capital Naypyidaw, 10,000 protesters marched to commemorate Mya Thweh Thweh Khine, the 20-year-old girl who was the first to die from a police bullet.
On February 21, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Myanmar issued a message affirming that the government “is extremely restrained and limited in the use of force”. Myanmar’s Foreign Ministry also opposed foreign countries making some comments against the coup, that it was an act of “interfering in the internal affairs of this country”.
20.2 was the worst day since the protests broke out in Myanmar following the military coup. Police did not shoot …
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