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Burmese protests countrywide call for a “spring revolution”



FILE PHOTO: Protests in Myanmar / Burma February 2021. (via Wikimedia)

Calls for a “spring revolution” erupted from thousands of protestors marching across Myanmar today to protest the Burmese military junta. The country has been in turmoil since the Feb 1 coup that overthrew Aung San Suu Kyi’s government and installed military rule. Protests have raged for 4 months despite the Burmese military cracking down on demonstrations, often violently and bloodily, with an estimated 760 deaths and 4,500 people detained.

Today activists, many young students, started early, collecting at a downtown street corner in former capital city Rangoon, forming a flash mob that marched quickly up the blocks. The flurry grew quickly but also disseminated just as quickly, hoping to avoid another bloody clash with military forces.

Burmese protesters called for a “spring revolution” and a show of unity, changing phrases like “to get democracy is our course!” and “to bring down the military dictatorship is our course!” They waved the famous Hunger Games three-finger resistance salute.

Around the country, similar protests sprung up. In Mandalay, monks in bright orange robes and carrying the National League for Democracy flag led hundreds of demonstrators. In the Shan state to the north, young marchers carried large signs exclaiming “we cannot be ruled at all.” But junta military forces fired upon the crowds by 10 am, with one person shot in the head and killed. Protestors said that the Burmese military demanded the victim’s body, but friends hid him and planned a funeral.

After the brazen show of unity in protest, the military was reportedly patrolling areas arresting any young people they suspected had participated in demonstrations. Unidentified bomb explosions rocked Rangoon, with the military pinning the blame on protestors and characterizing them as instigators.

Conflicting info coming from the opposing sides have emerged. As the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners has been gathering statistics and claim 759 civilians have been killed, the junta disagrees. The AAPP is a local monitoring group, but has been labelled by military leaders as an unlawful organisation and dispute their figures. The military claims that 17 police officers and 7 soldiers have been murdered by Burmese protestors and the number of dead demonstrators is actually 258.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


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  1. Gosport

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 5:15 pm

    It is revolution not demonstration. The NGOs show true color

  2. Jason

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 6:31 pm

    Forget the “Spring Offensive”, just stay home and protect yourselves from Covid. Your adversaries will congregate and get infected and the virus will do the work for you… if that is what you really want….although I doubt it…..they are your sons, husbands…fathers. To the armed services….your sworn duty is to protect the people!!!!! So protect the people!!! Forget the Generals and be true to your oath!!! Your people will hail you as true heroes, if you uphold your oath!!!

  3. ynwaps

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 7:27 pm

    How do these “spring revolution” usually turn out?

  4. Slugger

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    @ynwaps – Depend how the NED wants it. The whole thing is designed in Virginia. Fools nobody.

  5. Niko

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 9:33 pm

    This is more proof that this has the hand of foreign meddling and the NGOs. These tactics are very familiar for anyone who have followed this and has been seem recently in Thailand and HK for instance but also in many other parts like Ukraine or last year Bielorussia.

    The first they try to occupy a central plaza in the capital city in an attempt to paralyze the government and the economy if that´s not possible or the government cracks down they change to blocking intersections.

    If that fails then they move into flash mobs running around while shouting slogans
    Another sign is these stunts like in this case of Myanmar first was “civil disobedience” then it moved to “spring revolution” then the “federal army” and then the “National Unity Government” and now back to “Spring Revolution” part two I guess

  6. Mr cynic

    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 1:01 am

    I suspect the dissatisfied youth of thailand are watching proceedings in the next door neighbours back yard very closely indeed.
    Would be interesting to know the political view of the saffron robe brigade in thailand also.
    Thing’s can change very quickly in this part of the world.

  7. Newfie

    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 7:17 am

    It’s June already???? 4 months??? Where does the time go?!!

  8. Stardust

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 1:12 pm

    @Gosport – yes you Nazi dictatorship supporters showed now long time your true colours, thats why more and more wake up and people like you and slugger are the reason for the revolution. You can fool the people sometimes but you cannot fool all the people all the time!

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