Tens Of Thousands Of People Marched Against The Coup In Myanmar, The Biggest Protest Since 2007
2021-02-07 | by CusiGO
On Sunday, there was a red tide in the streets of Rangoon, Myanmar’s largest city, and other cities in the country, the color of the National League for Democracy (NLD). “We want democracy! We don’t want military dictatorship! Tens of thousands of protestors have also called for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, the group’s leader and de facto head of civilian government, whose whereabouts have been unknown since she was arrested by the military in a coup last Monday. On Sunday afternoon, Internet access resumed and has been blocked since Saturday, a move that further sparked public anger.
On the second day of the large-scale demonstration, people holding balloons, red flags and photos of Aung San Suu Kyi challenged the military authorities to restore democracy. “We don’t want the next generation of dictatorship,” the 21-year-old stressed in Rangoon, Myanmar’s former capital. “We will not end this revolution until we make history. “We will fight to the end,” he warned in a statement collected by Agence France Presse.
Thousands of protestors echoed a common slogan in a peaceful but determined tone: they did not accept the coup that ousted Aung San Suu Kyi last Monday, whose formation ended in failure in November’s election, He has reestablished a military dictatorship that has isolated Myanmar from the international community for decades (1962-2011). “We can’t accept the blow. This is our future. A 22-year-old man who asked to remain anonymous told AFP that we had to go out to protest.
After a 24-hour military blockade, Internet services were restored on Sunday, which helped relay the protests through social media and facilitated communication between participants. Customers of telecom operators MPT, ooredoo, Telenor and mytel can connect to the Internet through mobile phones from 2 noon local time (8:30 Peninsular time).
“At first, people wanted the military to hear them, and then they cut off the Internet. According to the Japanese media Nikkei, a student who took part in the Rangoon protest explained, “that’s why we’re on the street.”. “Aung San Suu Kyi is a leader that we all respect, and we can’t accept that. In a democracy, you have to listen to the people,” he added.
Aung San Suu Kyi, 75, faces three years in prison for violating import and export laws for buying radio tracking equipment (walkie talkie) abroad. Her lawyer said she had not seen the Nobel Peace Prize winner investigated by police until February 15. Aung San Suu Kyi was under house arrest for nearly 15 years until the democratic transition began in 2011.
By the end of the week, discontent with the coup had been more subtle: from frying pan to singing or honking, but on Saturday, especially this Sunday, anger became apparent. The biggest protest took place in Rangoon, where the United Nations estimates 60000 people took part, while about 1000 people gathered in the capital, Naypyidaw, in Mandalay, the country’s second largest city, and other smaller cities.
In Yangon, hundreds of people initially gathered in front of the city hall to show three finger greetings, inspired by the legend of the hunger game, where Pro democracy protests in neighboring Thailand have been popular for months. Protestors marched to the Sul Pagoda in the heart of Yangon, a key point of the 2007 protests, mainly by Buddhist monks against the then military regime. In the mobilization 14 years ago, at least three monks were shot dead by the army.
At present, the military government led by the commander-in-chief of the armed forces min angliang has yet to make a public statement on the peaceful protest. More than 160 people, including Suu Kyi and Burmese president win mynt, have been detained since the military took over Myanmar last Monday, according to Thomas Andrews, the UN special envoy on Myanmar. “Myanmar’s military and police must ensure that the right to peaceful assembly is respected and that the demonstrators are not suppressed,” the UN Human Rights Office stressed.