The country prepares for the massive general strike this Monday, in what is considered the greatest challenge to the military since the coup
MADRID, 21 Feb. (EUROPA PRESS) –
Thousands of people took to the streets of Burma’s main cities again this Sunday to protest against the coup on February 1, demonstrations reinforced by the outrage over the death of two people during the demonstrations on Saturday in the Mandalay city.
This Sunday the main protests took place in Mandalay and Rangoon, the two most populated cities in the country, anticipating the general strike called for this Monday to demand the end of the military government and the release of politicians, starting with the democratic leader. and Nobel Peace Prize Aung San Suu Kyi.
The protesters in particular denounce the deaths of two people during Saturday’s protests in Mandalay. At least six more protesters were injured by the shooting by security forces, according to Burmese media.
In addition, the country is less than 24 hours away from a critical day: this Monday, thousands of people will participate throughout the country in what is considered the largest demonstration against the military authorities since the beginning of this crisis.
The demonstration will be accompanied by a general strike that aims to rival the day of the Four Eights, when millions of people took to the streets on August 8, 1988 to challenge the Government of the then socialist republic. In fact, Monday’s strike is now popularly known as the “five deuces” day.
The protest will be organized by the General Strike Committee, created this Saturday, which involves 25 organizations from different fields, including political parties, unions, student unions, farmers’ unions, religious groups, women’s groups, monks, doctors, lawyers. and groups of writers to “work for the end of the military dictatorship, the abolition of the 2008 Constitution and the establishment of a federal democratic union”, according to its declaration of principles collected by ‘The Irrawaddy’.
Stores and businesses are expected to close in solidarity. The nation’s largest retailer, City Mart, has announced that it will close all of its outlets.
The violent repression of the largely peaceful movement runs the risk of stunting an economy that is already in trouble. Almost all branches of private banks have closed, while ATMs are running out of cash amid growing demand.
“We expect to see the largest crowd of people in the entire country on Monday,” said Aung Kyaw Kyaw Oo, a lower house lawmaker representing the National League for Democracy, from the now-detained ‘de facto’ leader of the country, Aung San Suu Kyi. “We need to continue fighting the brutal Army,” he told Bloomberg.
Meanwhile, from the international community they have insisted on their demand for a political and peaceful solution to the crisis and mainly the “end of violence against protesters”, in the words of the German Foreign Ministry, which has also called for the immediate release of Suu Kyi.
Also the head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell, has condemned the violence of the security forces against civilians and has announced a meeting of the 27 foreign ministers to “make the appropriate decisions”.
Meanwhile, Facebook announced this Sunday the elimination of a page managed by the Burmese Army, the Tatmadaw, considering that its content could fuel the violence that has been shaking the country since the coup at the beginning of the month.
“This morning, and in accordance with our global policies of action, we have removed the Tatmadaw Information Team’s page on True News for repeated violations of our standards that prohibit the incitement of violence and the coordination of harmful actions,” according to has made known the head of Facebook for Human Rights Alex Warofka.
The social network is widely spread in Burma and its officials had already indicated in February that the situation in the country was an “emergency” and they intended to “significantly reduce the spread of false information” on Army pages.