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World People in Myanmar are using trash to protest as the death toll climbs to more than 500

03:06  31 march  2021
03:06  31 march  2021 Source:   msn.com

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a group of people walking down the street: Residents use trash to block streets as a form of protest in Thaketa township, Yangon, Myanmar, in this image obtained by Reuters on March 30, 2021. via REUTERS © via REUTERS Residents use trash to block streets as a form of protest in Thaketa township, Yangon, Myanmar, in this image obtained by Reuters on March 30, 2021. via REUTERS
  • More than 500 people have been killed since Myanmar's military staged a coup on February 1.
  • Security and military forces have killed hundreds at pro-democracy protests and demonstrations.
  • Demonstrators have staged a new civil-disobedience campaign, by leaving their trash in the streets.
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Anti-coup protesters in Myanmar launched a new civil-disobedience campaign this week as the death toll in the country surpasses 500, nearly two months after a military coup.

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Trash was piled high in the streets of Myanmar's main city, Yangon, on Tuesday, as demonstrators maintained a series of strikes in an attempt to paralyze the economy, according to Reuters. Participants initiated a new tactic this week, asking residents to leave their garbage at intersections throughout Yangon.

"This garbage strike is a strike to oppose the junta," a poster on social media said. "Everyone can join."

Protests and demonstrations continue throughout the country as the military junta has escalated the violence in recent days, launching air raids in eastern Myanmar that drove thousands to seek shelter across the border in Thailand, according to The Associated Press.

Amid the worsening violence, the United States has ordered the departure of non-emergency staff and families from the US mission in Myanmar, ABC News' Conor Finnegan reported Tuesday evening.

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The move comes just hours after Secretary of State Antony Blinken encouraged international companies to cut ties with enterprises that support Myanmar's military. He also decried the junta's violent crackdown on protesters across the country.

The US has repeatedly condemned the February coup and imposed several rounds of sanctions against the country, but Myanmar's generals appear unaffected by international action.

On February 1, Myanmar's military announced it would be taking over the country for at least a year following the detainment of several top politicians. The military cited unfounded claims of mass voter fraud as justification for the coup just hours before the new parliament was scheduled to meet for the first time since the November election.

Internet access throughout Myanmar was disrupted immediately after the coup, and the cybersecurity watchdog, NetBlocks confirmed the internet was once again shut down in the country at 1:00 a.m. local time Wednesday - the 45th consecutive night of the military-imposed shutdown.

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  Myanmar is on the brink of becoming a 'failed state,' says expert from think tank The country saw one of its deadliest day of violence over the weekend, with over 100 people killed and at least seven children killed on Saturday.The country saw one of its deadliest day of violence over the weekend, with over 100 people killed on Saturday, including at least six children. It was the highest reported death toll since the military took control on Feb. 1, ousting the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi.

Mass protests and acts of civil disobedience sprang up across the country following the coup and have yet to abate nearly two months in.

a group of people sitting at a picnic table: Residents use trash to block streets as a form of protest in Thaketa township, Yangon, Myanmar, in this image obtained by Reuters on March 30, 2021. via REUTERS © via REUTERS Residents use trash to block streets as a form of protest in Thaketa township, Yangon, Myanmar, in this image obtained by Reuters on March 30, 2021. via REUTERS

Two weeks ago, 138 peaceful protesters had been killed in Myanmar since the coup. That number is now up to 521, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners advocacy group.

The military junta killed dozens across the country on Saturday on the bloodiest day of protests yet, as the military celebrated the annual Armed Forces Day holiday with a parade in Myanmar's capital.

The Associated Press reported 93 people were killed Saturday across more than two dozen cities and towns. Fourteen civilians were killed Monday, and a Yangon resident told Reuters the violence had not ceased on Tuesday.

"There was shooting all night," the anonymous resident told the outlet.

Those killed since the violence began include a 7-year-old girl who died in her father's arms after being gunned down by security forces in her own home; a teenager who was shot by soldiers Saturday as he rode his motorbike with friends; a teenage girl named Angel who was shot in the head during a protest earlier this month; and a 20-year-old student whose funeral erupted into violence when Myanmar police opened fire on mourners, arresting and wounding several attendees.

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Aung San Suu Kyi's court appearance came after a weekend of the deadliest violence that Myanmar has seen since the army seized power on Feb. 1. Police and security forces confronted peaceful demonstrations in several locations across Myanmar on Sunday and fired live rounds into the crowds, killing at least 18 people and wounding over 30 others, according to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, which cited "credible information" that it had received. Tear gas and stun grenades were also reportedly used in various locations.

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