Myanmar: Pressure is mounting on the junta

Emergence of civilian committees against the junta, mass demonstrations, UN resolution: as arrests of dissidents increase in Myanmar, pressure is mounting on the military who took power after the February 1 coup to restore democracy and liberate the country. Aung San Suu Kyi.

The mobilizations against the coup continue today with new demonstrations already in the morning, for the eighth consecutive day.

Thousands rallied in Rangoon, Myanmar’s financial capital, as protesters took to the streets in both the capital Nay Pythagoras and Mandalay, the second-largest city after the protests, the largest in the country.

“Stop the kidnappings at night,” read one of the banners held by protesters in Rangoon in response to overnight coups in recent days.

“More than 350 politicians, government officials, activists and members of civil society – including journalists, nuns and students – have been detained since the February 1 coup,” the UN said in an emergency meeting of the Human Rights Council. situation in Myanmar, during which he considered the use of force against protesters “unacceptable”.

During this meeting, a decision was adopted by which the Human Rights Council requested the immediate release of Aung San Suu Kyi.

Citizens’ vigilance committees were set up across Myanmar on Friday night to monitor neighboring operations in the event of arresting dissidents.

A video taken in a Rangoon district shows many residents taking to the streets, defying a curfew imposed after 8pm following rumors of a police operation to arrest dissidents. Clapping pots and pans, they shouted, “Are we, the people of San Chaung, united?” – “We are! We are!”.

In Patain, a city in southern Myanmar, hundreds marched overnight to a public hospital, some holding scaffolding or sticks to defend their commander, whose capture was quickly spread by the army in the city.

The doctor, who had joined the political disobedience movement that began shortly after the coup, was arrested while caring for a patient.

“The police marked him with their weapons and forced him to follow them. “We have not heard from him since,” said his wife, Po Lae Tu.

In Rangoon, doctors, students and private staff marched on one of the city’s main thoroughfares. In defiance of the curfew, many wore red, the color of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NDL), while others held portraits of the 75-year-old leader, who has been detained for 12 days in an unknown location.

“We will not return to work until the political government of ‘Your Mother’ Chi is restored. “We are not threatened by threats,” said Wai Yan Pio, a 24-year-old doctor.

Gatherings were held in many other cities, with young people singing rap and dancing “against the coup”.

The demonstrations were generally peaceful, but the tension was palpable. Many people were slightly injured by plastic bullets and at least five others were arrested.

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