In Myanmar, hundreds of thousands of people protested against the military coup. Shops and businesses kept the doors closed, even branches of major international chains did not open out of solidarity with the demonstrators.
many places in Myanmar, protesters went out to the streets. It‘s the biggest protest since the army took power three weeks ago.
In Yangon, the former capital of the country, many thousands of people protested. They’ve gathered at, among others, the American Embassy. In the streets, army trucks stopped the demonstrators.
The military regime said last weekend in a statement on state television that hard action is being taken against new protests. “Protesters are now inciting people, especially emotional teenagers and young people, to follow a path of confrontation that will cost them lives,” says the statement.
According to the first reports, an unknown number of protesters have been arrested, but military and police intervention would be less severe than in recent weeks.
Three weeks ago, the army seized power in Myanmar and arrested political leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Her party won the parliamentary elections in November, but according to the military, there has been fraud.
The protesters demand that the military government resigned and release Aung San Suu Kyi.
At least three protesters perished
Since the coup d‘état, tens of thousands of people have been protesting every day in Myanmar. Certainly three protesters have been killed by the military. A policeman also died; he succumbed to injuries sustained during the protests.
Hundreds of people attended yesterday the funeral of a 20-year-old woman who was shot in the head two weeks ago in a demonstration by a military man. It is seen as the symbol of protests against military oppression.
In the Western world, the coup is strongly rejected. The US Secretary of State, Blinken, has said that his country will act hard against authorities that violently depose peaceful protests. “We stand behind the people in Burma,” he tweeted. The US had previously announced sanctions against Myanmar’s military regime.