With teachers and students protesting Monday’s coup on Friday, civil disobedience is gaining momentum in Myanmar. In Yangon, hundreds took to the streets wearing red ribbons, Aung San Suu Kyi’s party color, and demanding an immediate release of the detained leader of the National League for Democracy (NLD). Since the coup unfolded, Suu Kyi and several other politicians have been held.
Earlier, the military detained another senior member of the NLD. Meanwhile, Suu Kyi’s lawyer maintains that she is currently under house arrest at her official residence in Burma’s capital. He added that he was seeking her and the president’s immediate release, but maintained that he had been unable to meet them.
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Myanmar has remained calm in the aftermath of the military takeover that has plunged the country into uncertainty. Hundreds of teachers and students participated in a protest outside a university Yangon and displayed the popular three-finger salute adopted by regional protestors opposing the authoritarian rule. Besides, they chanted slogans in favor of Suu Kyi and carried her party color flags.
Reportedly, numerous other demonstrations were held in cities and towns across the country – the first big protests following Monday’s coup. Meanwhile, residents in some parts of Burma protested from their homes, singing revolutionary songs, and banging pots. To replicate the parliamentary session that was supposed to take place earlier this week, as many as seventy legislators are said to have held an insurgent session.
On the other hand, the young population protested online on social media platforms. However, the military has extended its temporary ban over Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Myanmar’s overthrew the ruling party’s government over accusations that the November elections were fraudulent, even though the election commission stated that they found no evidence of widespread fraud.
Moreover, the recent development in Myanmar has attracted global criticism. US President Joe Biden called on the country’s military to immediately release Suu Kyi. Plus, it threatened to reimpose international sanctions.
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