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The US government is urging Myanmar’s military to stop the violence against coup protesters and step down, after the death of a young woman. The recommendation comes as the US, along with Britain, Australia, and Japan, commit to issuing sanctions against the military regime in an effort to support the toppled democracy.

Last November saw a landslide democratic, electoral victory for revered leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party. But the military regime labelled its results as fraudulent, without offering any evidence to support its claims. The buildup of tensions in the country led to a coup by the military on February 1, which saw the arrests and detainment of Suu Kyi, along with other major government leaders.

Since then, civilians have taken to the streets in protest, with security forces responding by using increasing force against them. Tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons have been deployed at the protest sites. But a 20 year old woman, Mya Thwate Thwate Khaing, was shot in the head with a live round of ammunition in the capital last week, leading to her recent death.

The fatality sparked even more protests as some began calling her a martyr on social media, as demonstrators held her photos and a banner created showing the moment she was shot.

“We will regard you as our Martyr. We will bring justice for your loss.”

Now, people have created a memorial on the streets of Yangon for the grocery store worker, adorned with flowers and messages for the deceased woman. Her brother recently state that he was saddened, and had no words for the loss and Poh Poh, her sister, called for action.

“Please all join this protest movement to be more successful. That’s all I want to say.”

Around 550 people have been detained since the coup, with government workers walking off their jobs as part of a civil disobedience campaign. Neighbourhoods have began setting up watch groups to guard against evening arrests, as the nation has seen a overnight internet curfew for 6 days.

Internet monitor Netblocks revealed that Wikipedia, Facebook and other social media services have since been blocked in the country.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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    Stardust

    Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 1:57 pm

    The world will never accept dictatorships and the crimes they do to their own people. They bring themselve on the radar and their supporters like Issan john and other trolls in this comment section. But they bring themselve into the spotlight so everybody will know who they are dealing with!

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      Singharacha

      Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 8:25 pm

      The “world” ? What world ?
      What is the U.S. government’s involvement? It is an interference in Myanmar internal affairs. Are the Myanmar people meddling in internal problems in the US?

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    Slugger

    Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 3:37 pm

    A troll? Truly destined for damnation. Imagine being a troll on the internet. Unforgivable.

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    Gosport

    Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 9:04 pm

    They should go to the Capitol.

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    Alan

    Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 5:22 am

    A Chinese student once told me that Mao was a great bodhisattva. I said if he was a great bodhisattva, the British Empire was Shambhala. Point: The Myanmar’s military claiming to uphold democracy are colonizing their own people.

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      Singharacha

      Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 8:36 pm

      Democracy ? What does that mean ?
      USA is not a democracy but a republic.
      All over the world, when a government does not accept what the United States demands, they try to overthrow it in order to install a regime in their boot, which they will call “democracy” because it does better for public opinion.
      They act according to their own interests. The fate of the people does not include them.

      The Myanmar’s military protects their own people from colonizing by the US imperialists.

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    EdwardV

    Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 2:23 am

    The US is a federal republic, a representative democracy. The US is without a doubt a democracy, just one of the many versions of one. Technically they are not a true democracy but then they are very few in the world anyway. Hope that helps. Oh and on a side note, the US has never been a colonial power (Myanmar has), or a colonizing country. As to the imperialist part that is true but then it’s true about most every country in the world at some time including now (cough, China, cough).

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