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Myanmar activists vow to defy junta with strike on coup anniversary

Myanmar’s navy rulers have threatened to jail anti-coup protesters who participate in a “silent strike” on Tuesday (Feb 1), a yr for the reason that generals seized energy, because the United States, Britain and Canada imposed new sanctions.

The nation has been in chaos since Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and different figures from her National League for Democracy (NLD) celebration had been rounded up in raids, accused by the junta of rigging a 2020 election the NLD gained.

The overthrow of Aung San Suu Kyi’s authorities triggered enormous avenue protests final yr, and the safety forces killed lots of in crackdowns that ensued, main to the formation of “people’s defence forces” to take on the well-equipped military.

In latest days, activists have urged folks to keep indoors and companies to shut on Tuesday.

“We might be arrested and spend our life in jail if we’re lucky. We might be tortured and killed if we’re unlucky,” mentioned youth activist Nan Lin, who hoped that the strike would ship a message to the junta.

A spokesman for the ruling navy didn’t reply to phone calls in search of remark.

State media reported that navy ruler Min Aung Hlaing had on Monday prolonged a state of emergency for six months to facilitate promised elections.

“It was necessary to set the right track for the genuine, disciplined multi-party democracy,” Min Aung Hlaing mentioned in a report within the Global New Light of Myanmar, the place he talked in regards to the menace from “internal and external saboteurs” and “terrorist attacks and destruction”.

The state-run newspaper mentioned that the navy authorities would attempt to maintain new elections as soon as the state of affairs was “peaceful and stable”, with out giving a date.

In the northern metropolis of Myitkyina, {a photograph} of an indication put up by the navy warned residents not to be part of the silent protest or face jail phrases of up to 20 years, although pictures of the town posted on social media on Tuesday confirmed largely abandoned streets.

In the principle metropolis of Yangon, images on a social media web page put up by strike organisers confirmed a small protest the place folks threw purple paint on the bottom.

The influence of the requires a nationwide strike was not instantly clear. At least 4 folks had been arrested within the central city of Pathein for inciting silent protests on social media, the Ayarwaddy Times reported.

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