Fresh Mass Protests In Myanmar After Overnight Internet Shutdown

With demonstrators refusing to back down, the military imposed an internet shutdown and ratcheted up the military's presence across the country

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Tanbirul Miraj Ripon
Tanbirul Miraj Ripon
TCT Asian Correspondent (Conflict Politics, Human Rights & International Relations ).He interviewed Noam Chomsky, Robert Fisk & 180+ Politics Experts . Twitter: @Miraj_Ripon

MYANMAR: Myanmar’s junta has cut the nation’s internet and deployed extra troops around the country on Monday as fears built of a widespread crackdown on anti-coup protests, but defiant demonstrators again took to the streets. 

Earlier, Myanmar’s military had seized power on February 1 by detaining leaders of the National League for Democracy. The detained leaders included pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the country’s president. The military has steadily escalated efforts to quell an uprising against their seizure of power two weeks ago.

Demonstrators in Yangon. Photo Credit: Naw Naw
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On January 29, the military threatened to snatch all power from the civilian government. The military believes that the government had come to power through fraudulent elections. Suu Kyi’s party won 83 percent of the seats and won a landslide victory.

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With demonstrators refusing to back down, the military imposed an internet shutdown and ratcheted up the military’s presence across the country.

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Myanmar Civil Obedience Protest. Photo Credit: Naw Naw

According to the reports, in key locations of Yangon, extra troops were seen including armored personnel carriers near the central bank.

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Myanmar is now in the throes of upholding a government elected by direct popular vote, including by-elections, and removing the dictator. People at all levels continue to protest peacefully.

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Democracy Protest On Myanmar Against Myanmar Army. Photo Credit: Naw Naw

A joint statement from the US, British and European Union ambassadors urged security forces not to harm civilians. 

“We call on security forces to refrain from violence against demonstrators, who are protesting the overthrow of their legitimate government,” they said. 

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