Photographers showed thousands of people in the country and on social media on Monday Yangon, Mandalay, and Neypyidaw, as well as towns and cities across the country, in southeastern Dawiwi, in Tunggi of Shan State, in Pathin in Iyerwadi, in Mitkina in Kachin State, and one of the poorest areas in the country Of packing in. .
In a derogatory statement on Sunday evening, the military junta said it could use deadly force against the protesters.
“It has been found that protesters have increased their incitement to riot and chaotic crowds on the day of February 22. Protesters are now instigating people, especially emotional teenagers and youths, on a confrontational path where they suffer loss of life. Will suffer. ” The State Administration Council – now the name of the military junta governing the country – was announced on state broadcaster MRTV on Sunday evening.
Videos from social media on Sunday night and Monday morning showed barbed wire barriers for some foreign embassies in the biggest city of Yangon, which is the focal point of several recent protests. The footage also shows police and military vehicles being seen rolling through the streets.
The protesters called for the closure of all offices and shops on Monday, with activists calling on all citizens to be known as “five twos”. – Or 22222 strike – With reference to the date of Monday.
A leading activist group leading the Civil Disobedience Movement said in a tweet on Sunday, “22.2.2021 will be a big historic day. Keep watching us and keep praying for us, friends.”
The Assistant Association for Political Prisoners Burma (AAPPB) said at least 640 people have been detained in connection with the coup.
But this did not stop the protesters, who gathered in large numbers after the shooting incident in Mandla on Sunday.
In Yangon, protesters waved banners outside the US embassy, which read “Help Myanmar.” In Kachin state capital Myitkina in northern Myanmar, protesters can be seen riding motorbikes and shouting slogans and waving flags.
Her funeral video featured a horse with her photograph and a convoy of vehicles exiting a hospital. As the procession passed through the streets, motorbikes and bikers were seen giving people a three-finger salute from the Hunger Games movies, which has been adopted by the protesters.
Myanmar’s foreign ministry said in a statement on Sunday that officials practiced “excessive restraint through minimal use of force” when dealing with protests. It also said that the statements and remarks made by some foreign countries are “tantamount to making major interventions in Myanmar’s internal affairs.”
In a Facebook post, the ministry called on diplomats to “respect the laws and regulations of the receiving state” and reiterated that there would be a “free and fair general election”. A state of emergency has been in force in Myanmar for a year, but Junata has not given any deadline by which he will conduct the election.
International condemnation of military action
Many countries have condemned the coup and violence against the protesters.
Singapore warned on Saturday that if there would be “serious adverse consequences” for Myanmar, the situation there would continue to escalate. Singapore, which was the largest foreign investor in Myanmar in FY 2019-2020, said it was “unforgivable” for Myanmar police and security forces to use deadly weapons against unarmed civilians.
The European Union’s head of foreign affairs Josep Borel on Saturday urged the military junta and “all Myanmar security forces to immediately stop violence against civilians.”
In Mandalay on Sunday, stringers for Granthshalaconfirmed that live rounds and tear gas were used to disperse people in protest against an anti-coup in the city. Volunteer emergency staff, quoted by Reuters and AFP news agencies, said at least two people were killed when police opened fire on protesters. News agencies reported that between 20 and 30 people were injured in the crack.
In the video watched by CNN, a large crowd of people can be seen fleeing from the police and taking cover behind whatever shelter they could find. In another video, a person can be seen being dragged away by medics. The patient’s condition was not immediately clear.
The military junta on Sunday defended the action of security forces in state broadcasts, saying they used “determined crowd-dispersing methods” and blamed “some notorious former criminals and their gangs” who “lathi, knives, stones” , Pratap and other weapons “used. -Same material for attacking members of the security force. “
Tom Andrews, a UN Special Rapport for Human Rights in Myanmar, said in a tweet that he “was horrified at the greater loss of life” as he “increases his brutality in Myanmar”.
“From water cannons to rubber bullets to tear gas, and now the soldiers firing on peaceful protesters fired on the empty space. This madness must end now!” They said.
After the shooting, Facebook removed a page run by the Myanmar military, the company said.
“In line with our global policies, we have removed the Tatmad True News Information Team page from Facebook for repeated violations of our community standards and to prevent violence,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement.
CNN’s Redina Gigova in Atlanta and Sophie Jeong in Hong Kong contributed reporting.