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World Myanmar military warns protesters could suffer 'loss of life' ahead of planned mass strike

07:17  22 february  2021
07:17  22 february  2021 Source:   cnn.com

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Myanmar 's military junta on Sunday warned anti-coup protesters they will " suffer loss of life " if demonstrations confront security forces, ahead of planned mass protests and a nationwide strike .

Tensions in Mandalay, Myanmar ’s second biggest city, reportedly escalated when police and soldiers confronted shipyard employees who were taking part in a national strike . A 23-year-old protester , who asked to be known by the pseudonym Hla, said she had been printing protest signs at a vinyl shop at the time. “It is found that the protesters have raised their incitement towards riot and anarchy mob on the day of 22 February. Protesters are now inciting the people, especially emotional teenagers and youths, to a confrontation path where they will suffer the loss of life ,” a statement from the State

Myanmar's military junta on Sunday warned anti-coup protesters they will "suffer loss of life" if demonstrations confront security forces, ahead of planned mass protests and a nationwide strike.

a group of people riding on the back of a motorcycle: Anti-coup protesters face a row of riot police in Yangon, Myanmar Friday, Feb. 19, 2021. The daily protests campaigning for civil disobedience in Myanmar are increasingly focusing on businesses and government institutions that sustain the economy. (AP Photo) © YeMyo/AP Anti-coup protesters face a row of riot police in Yangon, Myanmar Friday, Feb. 19, 2021. The daily protests campaigning for civil disobedience in Myanmar are increasingly focusing on businesses and government institutions that sustain the economy. (AP Photo)

The ominous warning follows the most violent weekend since protests against the February 1 coup began, with police opening fire on demonstrators in the second largest city, Mandalay, on Saturday, leaving at least two dead.

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Protesters are now inciting the people, especially emotional teenagers and youths, to a confrontation path where they will suffer the loss of life , it said. (Reuters) - Opponents of Myanmar 's military coup called a general strike and more street protests on Monday as authorities threatened that confrontation could cost lives after two protesters were shot dead at the weekend. Despite deploying more forces and promising to hold a new election, the generals have failed to stop more than two weeks of daily protests and a civil disobedience movement calling for the reversal of the Feb.

State-owned media MRTV warned protesters against action on Monday. Protesters are now inciting the people, especially emotional teenagers and youths, to a confrontation path where they will suffer the loss of life , it said. Htet Htet Hlaing, 22 (Reuters) - Businesses shut in Myanmar on Monday in a general strike called to oppose the military coup and thousands of protesters gathered despite a threat from authorities that confrontation could cost lives . Three weeks after seizing power, the junta has failed to stop daily protests and a civil disobedience movement calling for the reversal of the Feb.

"It is found that protesters have raised their incitement towards riot and anarchy mob on the day of 22 February. Protesters are now inciting the people, especially emotional teenagers and youths, to a confrontation path where they will suffer the loss of life," the State Administration Council -- the name for the military junta now controlling the country -- declared Sunday evening on state broadcaster MRTV.

Video from social media Sunday night and Monday morning showed barbed wire blocking roads to some foreign embassies in the largest city, Yangon, the focus point for many recent protests. Footage also showed what appeared to be police and military vehicles rolling through the streets.

Protesters have called for a general strike, with all offices and shops to be closed on Monday. Activists urged all citizens to join the protest, known as the "Five Twos" in reference to Monday's date.

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media captionHundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets for a third day of protests against the military coup. The leader of the coup in Myanmar has made his first TV address, seeking to justify the action amid mass protests . Min Aung Hlaing said November's election, won in a landslide by the Huge protests were held on Monday for a third straight day, along with a nationwide strike , to oppose the coup. One demonstrating doctor - who did not want to be named - told the BBC: "Today, we, professionals - especially civil servant professionals such as doctors, engineers and teachers - came

Protesters elsewhere in Myanmar gathered again Sunday for street demonstrations that have been going on for more than two weeks. In Yangon, Myanmar ’s biggest city, about 1,000 demonstrators began the day by honoring Mya Thwet Thwet Khine at a ceremony under an elevated roadway. But for reasons that are mysterious he has decided to divide his volume in two, alternating between the life of Wells and a wild tale of the murder of a 10-year-old white girl, Marie Smith, in 1910, in the brand new beach town of Asbury Park, New Jersey, and the wrongful arrest of a black laborer, Tom Williams, for

"Tomorrow 22.2.2021 will be a big historic day. Keep watching us and pray for us, friends," leading protest activist group, the Civil Disobedience Movement said in a tweet Sunday.

Weekend protests

For more than two weeks, thousands of people in villages, towns and cities across Myanmar have come out to peacefully protest or take part in a non-violent civil disobedience movement against the military takeover, calling for the generals to hand back power and release of civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other democratically-elected officials.

The junta has attempted to stop protests by imposing bans on gatherings of more than five people and curfews in certain areas and cutting the internet at night. They have also deployed troops to major cities, including members of elite counter-insurgency divisions documented to be engaged in human rights abuses and violent campaigns against ethnic minorities.

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Protesters gathered again Sunday all over Myanmar , a day after security forces shot dead two people at a demonstration in the country’s second biggest city. A funeral was also held for a young woman killed earlier by police. “The shooting of peaceful protesters in is beyond the pale,” said British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on Twitter. “We will consider further action, with our international partners, against those crushing democracy & choking dissent.” Britain last week froze assets of and imposed travel bans on three top Myanmar generals, adding to already existing targeted sanctions.

Mass anti-coup demonstrations, meanwhile, continued across Myanmar on Sunday, with Yin Nyein Hmway at the Yangon protest vowing that "the number of people will increase today and we won't stop". According to Yin, the protesters "will continue to [fulfill] our goal of democracy". On 1 February, the Myanmar military seized power hours before the new parliament was due to hold its inaugural session. The nation's de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, was arrested alongside other senior officials after the military accused her party of rigging the November 2020 elections.

The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners Burma (AAPPB) said at least 640 people have been detained in relation to the coup.

But that has not stopped the protesters, who gathered in large numbers on Sunday following the fatal shootings in Mandalay.

In Yangon, demonstrators marched outside the US Embassy waving banners that read "Help Myanmar." In Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin state in northern Myanmar, protesters could be seen chanting slogans and waving flags while riding on motorbikes.

And in the capital, Naypyidaw, large crowds gathered to attend the funeral of a young woman, who died on Friday after being shot in the head during an anti-coup protest. Mya Thweh Thweh Khine, who was shot just before her 20th birthday, was the first known casualty of pro-democracy protests.

Video of her funeral procession showed a hearse with her picture in front and a convoy of vehicles driving out of a hospital. As the procession drove through the streets, people on motorbikes and bystanders were seen raising the three-finger salute from the Hunger Games movies, which has been adopted by protesters.

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Myanmar's Foreign Ministry said in a statement Sunday that authorities were "exercising utmost restraint through minimum use of force" when dealing with the protests. It also said that statements and remarks made by some foreign countries are "tantamount to flagrant interference in internal affairs of Myanmar."

In a Facebook post, the ministry called on diplomats to "respect the laws and regulations of the receiving state" and reiterated that a "free and fair general election" will take place. A state of emergency is in effect in Myanmar for one year but the junta have not given a timeframe by which it will hold elections.

International condemnation of military action

Several countries have condemned the coup and violence against protesters.

Singapore warned Saturday that there will be "serious adverse consequences" for Myanmar if the situation there continues to escalate. Singapore, which was the biggest foreign investor in Myanmar in the fiscal year 2019-2020, said it was "inexcusable" for Myanmar police to use lethal weapons against unarmed civilians.

The European Union's foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell on Saturday urged the military and "all security forces in Myanmar to immediately stop violence against civilians."

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In Mandalay on Sunday, stringers for CNN confirmed that live rounds and tear gas were used to disperse people at an anti-coup protest in the city. Volunteer emergency workers cited by Reuters and AFP news agencies said that at least two people died when police opened fire on protesters. The news agencies reported that between 20 and 30 people were injured in the crackdown.

In video seen by CNN, a large crowd of people could be seen running from police and taking cover behind whatever shelter they could find. In another video, a person could be seen being stretchered away by medics. The condition of the patient was not immediately clear.

The military defended their actions in the state broadcast Sunday, saying they used "prescribed crowd dispersal methods" and blamed "some notorious ex-criminals and their gangs" who "used sticks, knives, stones, catapults, and other weapon-like materials to attack the security force members."

UN Special Rapporteur for human rights in Myanmar, Tom Andrews, said in a tweet that he was "horrified at more loss of life" as the military "escalates its brutality in Myanmar."

"From water cannons to rubber bullets to tear gas and now hardened troops firing point blank at peaceful protesters. This madness must end, now!" he said.

Following the shooting, Facebook deleted a page run by the Myanmar military, the company said.

"In line with our global policies, we've removed the Tatmadaw True News Information Team Page from Facebook for repeated violations of our Community Standards prohibiting incitement of violence and coordinating harm," a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement.

Myanmar protesters undeterred after deadliest day since coup .
Killing of 18 pro-democracy protesters by security forces and new charges against Aung San Suu Kyi have done nothing to quell anger at military rulers in the streets.In Yangon, the country's most populous city and former capital, some demonstrators threw Molotov cocktails at police. Others snuffed out smoking tear gas canisters fired by security forces. Videos posted to social media showed several people with bullet wounds being rushed away from protest sites to waiting ambulances in the southeastern town of Dawei.

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