World Resistance to the junta is building up in Burma
EDITORIAL. Burma: No to coup
© REUTERS / Shwe Paw Mya Tin A supporter of the National League for Democracy holds a photo of Myanmar State Councilor Aung San Suu Kyi as she awaits the results outside party headquarters after general elections in Yangon, Myanmar on November 8, 2020. Tensions have been mounting in Burma since the February 1 military coup. “Courageous, the Burmese protest. But, faced with a cruel army, the international community must act to protect them.
Correspondent in Asia
Scent of escalation, in Burma, three weeks after the coup. Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of major cities on Monday, defying army warnings, to demand respect for the elections and the release of. " We do not accept the military coup d'etat " , proclaim the signs brandished in the streets of Yangon or Mandalay, under the threat of the police, who have opened fire in recent days , already claiming three victims.
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Shots have been fired to disperse protesters, police have broke ranks to join demonstrations and the junta is searching for seven leading political activists as mass protests continued for a ninth day.Much of the country has been in uproar since soldiers detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi and ousted her government last week, ending a decade-old fledgling democracy after generations of junta rule.
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In the colorful crowd, many young people, employees, civil servants, traders who have closed their stalls, to respond en masse to the call to strike general launched by a movement of civil disobedience which swells, despite the deaths. In this country fascinated by the symbolism of numbers, the leaders wanted to make this meeting of the five "2" (02/22/2021) a demonstration of force of the movement, in response to the threats of a use of force of Tatmadaw (the armed forces).
Through the " kingdom of a thousand pagodas ", from the big cities to the countryside, even at the foot of the ancestral ruins of Bagan, processions defy the warnings of Tatmadaw, who has imposed a state of emergency since February 1 , and threatens to suppress resistance with weapons. " Protesters are urging people, especially exalted adolescents and young people, to embark on the path of confrontation," , the authorities warned on Sunday evening in a statement read on the public channel MRTV. More than 600 people have been arrested since the coup, according to the Association for the Assistance of Political Prisoners. In vain.
Burma: the junta continues its repression in an attempt to put an end to the anti-coup uprising
© Provided by Le Point L Burmese generals on Tuesday imposed an almost total shutdown of the Internet for a second night consecutive and continue their waves of arrests in an attempt to put an end to the popular uprising against their coup, ignoring international condemnations.
A few hours earlier,clashes, on the outskirts of the capital Naypyidaw, further galvanized resistance, bringing together thousands of people. Mya Thwate Thwate Khaing, a young supermarket worker who was shot in the head and died after ten days in intensive care, became the first martyr of the crisis. Two other protesters also perished on Saturday, in Mandalay and Yangon, raising the specter of a bloodbath. " We are fighting because we fear that the army will unleash a crackdown like in 1988 " , explains Min Tun (first name changed), a 39-year-old activist in Yangon. At the time, the ruling junta opened fire on pro-democracy protesters, claiming thousands of lives. Three decades later, the crowd is calling for respect for the November 8 elections, which offered yet another , arrested on February 1.
Fear and isolation as Myanmar junta cuts internet
For the past two nights, Kyaw Soe has felt a knot in his stomach as he imagines family members, friends and colleagues swept up in night-time raids, increasingly common since Myanmar's military coup of February 1. That includes civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and deposed president Win Myint, who have not been seen in public since they were detained in pre-dawn raids on February 1. The military's ouster of the democratically elected government has galvanised a tremendous backlash with nationwide protests, a nightly campaign of banging pots and pans and strikes of factory workers, bankers, civil servants and even police officers.
In the face of escalation, the international community is raising its voice, urging General Min Aung Hlaing to fall back from the precipice. " Today I call on the Burmese army to immediately stop the repression " , said Antonio Guterres, the UN secretary general, calling for the release of political prisoners. In Brussels, EU foreign ministers discussed possible sanctions on Burma on Monday, following in the footsteps of the United States. In reply, the army denounced " i flagrant interference " and swore that it had demonstrated " restraint " since taking power that it justifies by " electoral fraud huge ”. In Asia, ASEAN, of which Burma is a part, is working behind the scenes to find a way out of the diplomatic crisis, led by Indonesia, in charge of the rotating presidency. The Southeast Asian bloc is trying to come to an agreement, despite its internal divisions, on a plan including the holding of transparent elections, and a possible summit with the Burmese leaders. China, singled out by many demonstrators, calls for " appeasement " , recognizing the movement's " reasonable aspirations " , but without condemning the " coup d'état ».
Burma: Police throw stun grenades to disperse protesters .
BURMA-POLITICS-DEMONSTRATIONS: Burma: Police throw stun grenades to disperse protesters © Reuters / STRINGER BURMA: POLICE LAUNCH DEAF GRENADES TO DISPERSATE PROTESTS (Reuters) - Burmese police on Tuesday used stun grenades to disperse demonstrators who had again gathered in the country's largest city, Yangon, to protest the February 1 military coup, witnesses said.