Myanmar coup- violent crackdown failed to stop pro-democracy protests

 53 people killed and 1,700 arrested so far by Myanmar security forces


All efforts of military government in Myanmar has failed to stop the pro-democracy protests. The pro-democracy movement is growing despite the violent crackdown of security forces. The security forces have killed more than 53 protestors including young women and arrested nearly 1,700 people. 
The military junta is using brutal force and repressive measures to crush the anti-coup protests. All efforts of military regime to intimidate, harass and suppress the people has failed. The protestors are showing lot of courage, determination and anger. 
  
 The young people are at the forefront of this movement. The young men and women are putting their lives at stake for showing dissent. The young people are not ready to accept the authoritarian military regime and demanding restoration of democracy and constitutional rule.
Hundreds and Thousands of people are coming out on streets to protest against the military coup on daily basis since February 01,2021 when military overthrow the elected government of NLD. 

Myanmar saw its largest nationwide protests since the military coup on February 01, with hundreds of thousands of people demonstrating in the streets and businesses shutting down across the country. The pro-democracy movement has also started the campaign to boycott the products of military run businesses.

Monday’s protests are the latest in five weeks long civil disobedience campaign that erupted in response to the February 1 takeover by Myanmar’s military that saw the country’s civilian leaders detained and ended the country’s decade-long experiment with quasi-democratic governance.

Major towns are already full with people on the streets as they protests against military coup. Monday’s demonstrations — which some are calling the five twos, or the ‘22222’ movement — saw hundreds of thousands of protesters take to the streets of Myanmar’s cities; stores, banks, and fast food chains shut down in solidarity. Protesters chose the date because it echoes August 08, 1988(8-8-88) movement against military rule, which the military suppressed in a bloody crackdown in which more than 3,000 people were killed and thousands arrested.

The military junta continues to impose internet and communications blackouts, an attempt to prevent people from organizing. Activists also worry that the blackouts may give authorities cover to try to arrest protesters and other political organizers.

The protesters are demanding the end of the military junta and the restoration of the democratically elected civilian government, led by Aung San Suu Kyi. Suu Kyi and her party, the National League for Democracy, won overwhelmingly in elections in November.

But just as the new government was set to be sworn in, the military interceded and insisted the election results were invalid because of widespread voter fraud. Neither the country’s Union Election Commission nor international observers found evidence of widespread irregularities that would have changed the outcome of the vote. Still, the military has claimed that it will retain control until it can host new elections in a year.

But Myanmar’s civilians have met the military’s actions with sustained resistance, pulling from a wide swath of Myanmar’s, population including students, doctors, journalists, political activists, teachers, labour unions and government employees.

At least eight journalists in Myanmar have been detained by authorities while covering protests against a coup that took place last month. Six of those journalists, including 32-year-old Associated Press reporter Thein Zaw, have been charged with violating a public order law. 

 Members of Myanmar have persecuted ethnic and religious minority groups — who still faced repression under Suu Kyi’s leadership has joined the protests. Protesters have also called out the military’s repression of the Rohingya and other minority groups in a remarkable show of solidarity.

The defiance shown by people of Myanmar has surprised the military leadership. They were not expecting such a strong and widespread resistance. The military has ruled Myanmar with iron hand in last six decades.

                                                      Khalid Bhatti 

 
 

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