Myanmar’s army chief warns against continuing protests


Myanmar’s generals are showing signs of losing patience with the major demonstrations that have hit the Southeast Asian country after the military ousted the government last week and seized power.

Army Chief Min Aung Hlaing orders protesters to stop their protests and return to work.

If this does not happen, the protesters risk ‘effective intervention’. He does not elaborate on what that might entail.

For six days in a row, Myanmar has been marked by major protests against the military, which has ousted Aung San Suu Kyi’s government.

The demonstrations have been peaceful, but in recent days security forces have used water cannons, tear gas and rubber bullets against the protesters.

There have also been a few reports that shots have been fired sharply.

As part of the protests, many employees in the public sector have quit their jobs.

“At the urging of unscrupulous people, some officials have not performed their duties,” the army chief said in a statement.

On Thursday, there were again demonstrations in Myanmar’s largest city, Yangon, and in the capital, Naypyidaw.

“Do not go to the office,” was one of the slogans from the crowd.

“This is not something we do for a week or a month. We are determined to do so until Suu Kyi and President U Win Myint are released, ”said one of the protesters.

On Thursday, there were again reports of more arrests. The Vice President of Parliament and some of Suu Kyi’s advisers are among those detained, according to the ousted governing party, the National League for Democracy (NLD).

More than 200 people have now been detained, the AAPP says.

From a wide range of Western countries, condemnations have rained down on Myanmar’s military since the generals seized power on February 1.

The United States has announced that new sanctions now mean that generals’ access to values ​​worth about $ 1 billion in the United States has been frozen.

It is also expected that the EU will impose sanctions.


Source: Politiken.dk – Forsiden by politiken.dk.

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