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World Myanmar's minorities to protest in show of unity against coup

05:17  20 february  2021
05:17  20 february  2021 Source:   reuters.com

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The 2021 Myanmar protests are domestic civil resistance efforts in Myanmar in opposition to the 2021 Myanmar coup d'état, which was staged by Min Aung Hlaing

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a person holding a sign: Protest against the military coup in Yangon © Reuters/STRINGER Protest against the military coup in Yangon

(Reuters) - Members of Myanmar ethnic groups will protest on Saturday in a show of opposition to the coup that ousted the government of Aung San Suu Kyi, despite some misgivings about her commitment to their aspirations for autonomy, organisers said.

Protests against the Feb. 1 coup that overthrew the elected government of the veteran democracy campaigner have taken place across the diverse country, despite a military promise to hold a new election and hand power to the winner.

A young woman protester died on Friday after being shot in the head last week as police dispersed a crowd in the capital, Naypyitaw, the first death among opponents of the coup in the demonstrations. The army says one policeman has died of injuries sustained in a protest.

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In Myanmar ' s biggest city Yangon though, signs of resistance and civil disobedience have been growing. Doctors and medical staff in dozens of hospitals across the country are stopping work in protest against the coup and to push for Ms Suu Kyi's release. Beijing has long played a role of protecting the country from international scrutiny. It sees the country as economically important and is one of Myanmar ' s closest allies. Alongside Russia, it has repeatedly protected Myanmar from criticism at the UN over the military crackdown on the Muslim minority Rohingya population.

People in Myanmar have been protesting against the military coup in perhaps their most creative way yet - by chasing shallots all over the streets of Yangon. Other methods of showing opposition include shoe-tying, bicycle repairs and impromptu workouts. Video, 00:00:40 Myanmar coup : Woman shot in protests dies.

Protesters are demanding the restoration of the elected government, the release of Suu Kyi and others and the scrapping of a 2008 constitution, drawn up under military supervision, that gives the army a decisive role in politics.

Ke Jung, a youth leader from the Naga minority and organiser of the Saturday protest by the minorities in the main city of Yangon, said the protesters were also demanding a federal system.

"We can't form a federal country under dictatorship. We can't accept the junta," he told Reuters.

The protests have been more peaceful than the bloodily suppressed demonstrations during nearly 50 years of direct military rule up to 2011.

But police have fired rubber bullets several times to break up crowds, as well as water cannon and catapults.

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Protesters march during a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon on Sunday February 7, 2021.Ye Aung THU / AFP. The U. S . Embassy called on the military to give up power and restore the democratically elected government, release those detained, lift all telecommunications restrictions, and refrain from violence. “We support the right of the people of Myanmar to protest in support of the democratically elected government and their right to freely access information,” it said in a tweet. Memories of dark era revived. The coup plunged the nation back under direct military rule after a nearly decade-long

Protesters have gathered in major cities across Myanmar for the biggest rallies so far, demonstrating against a military coup which overthrew the government. Thousands chanted for the release of leaders Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint. Protesters in Yangon blocked security forces from accessing roads with their vehicles, using the excuse they broke down. A UN expert on human rights in Myanmar warned of the prospect for major violence as there are reports of soldiers being transported into Yangon, the biggest city.

In addition to the protests, a civil disobedience campaign has paralysed much government business.

Myanmar has experienced insurgencies by ethnic minority factions since shortly after its independence from Britain in 1948 and the army has long held itself to be the only institution capable of preserving national unity.

Suu Kyi, 75, like the top generals, is a member of the majority Burman community.

'STAND TOGETHER'

Ke Jung said some minority parties were not committed to the movement against the coup.

"It's a reflection of how Aung San Suu Kyi failed to build alliances with ethnic political parties," he said.

"However, we must win this fight. We stand together with the people. We will fight until the end of dictatorship."

Salai Mon Boi, a youth leader from the Chin minority, said the Saturday protest, which happened to fall on Chin National Day, was focused on four demands: getting rid of the constitution, ending dictatorship, a federal system and the release of all leaders.

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Myanmar country profile. On Friday afternoon, hundreds of teachers and students gathered outside Dagon University in Yangon, where they displayed the three-finger salute - a sign that has been adopted by protesters in the region to show their opposition to authoritarian rule. They chanted their support for Ms image captionThere was a small protest in front of a university in Mandalay, the country' s second city, on Thursday. Many have also gone online to protest against the coup , but the military has now extended its temporary ban on Facebook to cover Twitter and Instagram too. Twitter declined to comment when asked

Demonstrators in Myanmar have taken to the streets to protest last week' s military coup and to call for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the ousted civilian leader, to be released from house arrest. The mood on the streets was both festive and tense. In a matter of days, protests against the military coup in Myanmar had swelled to hundreds of thousands of people, from a few dozen. Students, laborers, doctors and professionals had gathered in droves to proudly defend democratic ideals in their country, even as the police fired into crowds, sometimes using live ammunition and sometimes rubber bullets, and deployed water cannons and tear gas.

"There are some people who don't like NLD but we're not talking about the NLD," he said, referring to Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD).

The army seized back power after alleging fraud in Nov. 8 elections that the NLD swept, detaining her and others. The electoral commission had dismissed the allegations of fraud.

The United States, Britain, Canada and New Zealand have announced limited sanctions, with a focus on military leaders, including banning travel and freezing assets.

Japan and India have joined Western countries in calling for democracy to be restored quickly.

The junta has not reacted to the new sanctions. On Tuesday, an army spokesman told a news conference that sanctions had been expected.

There is little history of Myanmar's generals giving in to foreign pressure and they have closer ties to neighbouring China and to Russia, which have taken a softer approach than long critical Western countries.

Junta leader Min Aung Hlaing was already under sanctions from Western countries following the 2017 crackdown on the Muslim Rohingya minority.

Myanmar's Assistance Association for Political Prisoners said 546 people had been detained, with 46 released, as of Friday.

Suu Kyi faces a charge of violating a Natural Disaster Management Law as well as charges of illegally importing six walkie talkie radios. Her next court appearance has been set for March 1.

(Reporting by Reuters staff; Writing by Robert Birsel; Editing by Lincoln Feast.)

World condemns Myanmar crackdown as 18 peaceful protesters killed .
Security forces open fire, use tear gas and make mass arrests as they seek to disperse anti-coup demonstrators.UN chief Antonio Guterres on Sunday led the chorus of international condemnation against the actions of the military, which grabbed power on February 1 and declared a year-long “emergency” after alleging electoral fraud in a November election that was won by civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party in a landslide.

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