| 18 May 2024, Saturday |

Myanmar marks 100 days of junta rule with protests

The protestors rallied around Myanmar on Tuesday, 100 days after the overthrow of the Generals of the elected government plunged the country into its biggest crisis in decades, to denounce its military leaders.

Protesters participate in protests to escape security forces, motorcyclist convoys, and flash protests. Three-fingering gestures of defiance were made, while anti-coupe groups repeated calls to overturn a junta condemned to kill hundreds of civilians around the world.

Since the seizure of power, on February first, the Junta has struggled to govern Myanmar with protests, strikes and a civil disobedience action that paralyzes enterprises and bureaucrats.

Demonstrators held a flag in Yangon’s largest city, “Yangon strikes to remove the enemy” as demonstrators marched in Hpakant, north Kachin, singing “The revolution must prevail.”

Protestors in Hpakant, Saigang and elsewhere had signs in support of strikes and a coalition of anti-junta members called the National Union Government (NUG), a coalition of legitimate authority in Myanmar.

Hours before a coup the military arrested Aung San Suu Kyi, elected leader, saying that it was intended to protect the country’s emerging democracy after an election in November that it claimed was marred by fraud. That was rejected by Suu Kyi’s party, which won in the riot.

The Junta has shown no sign of compromise, despite the fact that limited economic sanctions were imposed by the USA, the EU and others. It is supported tacitly by neighboring China, a leading investor and a permanent UN Security Council member.

The protests on Tuesday occurred in the midst of sporadic violence, including fatal attacks on military-appointed officials and a week of small blasts involving domestic bombs, which the Junta claims are the work of the ousted government.

The NUG said that many of the unrest were orchestrated by the military to intensify its repression.

News reports and information circulation within Myanmar have been severely affected since the coup with internet access restrictions, the banning of foreign broadcasting and certain news organizations, accused of instigating rebellion by authorities.

According to the monitoring group the Association for Political Prisoners, which is used by the United Nations, killed 781 people since the coup, including52 children, and 3,843 people.

On Tuesday, the UN human rights body said that military efforts to consolidate power were not reluctant.

He said in a statement that violations of human rights went beyond murder, involving homeless raids, forced disappearances, illegal detention and thousands of officials who were dismissed or suspended.

Rupert Colville, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Spreader stated that “it is clear that there needs to be greater international engagement to prevent the situation of human rights in Myanmar from deteriorating further.

  • Reuters