Myanmar protest plan for basic strike attracts menace from generals

The spoken announcement in Burmese mentioned the identical factor.

One other a part of the assertion blamed protesters whose numbers allegedly included legal gangs for violence at demonstrations, with the consequence that “the safety power members needed to hearth again.” Three protesters have been shot lifeless to this point.

The protest movement has embraced nonviolence and solely sometimes gotten into shoving matches with police and thrown bottles at them when provoked.

Mya Thwet Thwet Khine, lies in a coffin during her funeral in Naypyitaw, Myanmar on Sunday.

Mya Thwet Thwet Khine, lies in a coffin throughout her funeral in Naypyitaw, Myanmar on Sunday.Credit score:AP

In Yangon, the nation’s greatest metropolis and business capital, vehicles cruised the streets on Sunday night time blaring bulletins that folks mustn’t attend protests Monday and should honour a ban on gathering of 5 or extra individuals. The ban on gathering was issued shortly after the coup however not enforced in Yangon. which for the previous two weeks has been the scene of enormous every day demonstrations.

Many social media postings forward of the scheduled nightly 1am cutoff of web entry service mentioned safety forces had arrange roadblocks at strategic factors within the metropolis, together with bridges and on streets resulting in international embassies. Data on Twitter accounts which have confirmed dependable prior to now mentioned that the conventional blocking of web entry from 1am to 9am could be prolonged to midday in Yangon.

Facebook took down the primary web page of the Myanmar navy for violating its requirements in opposition to inciting violence.

Earlier on Sunday, crowds in Myanmar’s capital attended a funeral for the younger girl who was the primary particular person confirmed to have been killed within the protests, whereas demonstrators additionally mourned two different protesters who have been shot lifeless on Saturday.

Mya Thwet Thwet Khine was shot within the head by police on February. 9, two days earlier than her 20th birthday, at a protest in Naypyitaw, and died on Friday.

Mourners lined the doorway to a cemetery within the metropolis because the hearse carrying her physique arrived and was taken to a crematorium the place extra individuals had gathered. They silently raised their palms in three-fingered salutes — an indication of defiance and resistance adopted from neighbouring Thailand — because the black and gold car rolled slowly previous.


Contained in the crematorium corridor, the lid on Mya Thwet Thwet Khine’s coffin was partially eliminated to permit a final glimpse of her head resting on a mattress of pink and white roses earlier than she was cremated. Members of the gang exterior chanted “Our rebellion should succeed!”

Elsewhere in Myanmar, protesters in opposition to the coup that ousted the nation’s chief, Aung San Suu Kyi, gathered once more Sunday.

Demonstrators turned out in power in Mandalay, the nation’s second-biggest metropolis, the place safety forces shot lifeless two individuals on Saturday close to a dockyard the place the authorities had been making an attempt to power employees to load a ship. The employees, like railway employees and truckers and lots of civil servants, have joined the civil disobedience marketing campaign in opposition to the junta.

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