Resistance in Myanmar is building
On Friday people in Myanmar are protesting peacefully against the military coup, several regions are joining the nonviolent protest, including Myanmar capital Naypyitaw which is seeing tight control from the army.
The military has tried to stop the protests by arresting opposition as well as blocking access to the social media platform Facebook, to prevent people from calling and organizing protests. Facebook is popular in Myanmar and is considered the primary tool used to access information on the internet.
The army continues with arresting opposition politicians, early Friday Win Htein a senior member of the National League for Democracy (NLD) who had publicly called for civil disobedience against Monday military coup was seized and detained at his home in Yangon, the biggest city in Myanmar, and was taken to the capital Naypyitaw.
The military seized power on Monday after a coup against the democratically elected government of Prime Minister Aung San Suu Kyi. The army has declared a state of emergency and begins with arresting senior government officials and opposition politicians including the country’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the president Win Myint, both are under house arrest.
In Myanmar People are protesting for three straight nights, many from other regions are joining the protest against the coup and are supporting civil disobedience. On Friday around 200 teachers in Yangon held signs supporting the peaceful protest and flashing a three-fingered salute that signifies resistance, a sign used by anti-government protesters in neighboring Thailand.
The medical personnel has declared that they won’t work for the military government, also residents in the main city Yangon have engaged in “noise protests” by banging pots and pans and beeping car horns in the darkness to show their anger, and reject the military coup.
The military coup in Myanmar has been criticized by many around the world, they all called to restore the democratically elected government.
Thursday The United States President Joe Biden said during a speech at the State Department “The Burmese military should relinquish the power they have seized, release the advocates and activists and officials they have detained, lift the restrictions on telecommunications, and refrain from violence,”
The U.N. Security Council expressed its concern and called the army to respect the democratic process and institutions, avoid the use of violence, and fully respect human rights.
The military assumed all state powers, including legislative functions, during a one-year emergency. The army has also formed a new election commission to investigate voting irregularities and a new election will be held at the end of the state of emergency then turn power over to the winner.
Myanmar was under military rule for five decades after a 1962 coup, and Suu Kyi’s five years as leader had been its most democratic period, despite continued use of repressive colonial-era laws