Three people have died during the weekend in the most massive protests since the establishment of the military regime
UNICEF regrets and condemns that one of the fatalities was a child
MADRID, 22 (EUROPA PRESS)
The general strike called for this Monday in Burma to protest against the coup on February 1 has totally paralyzed the country, with only essential services running and thousands of people joining the protests and the civil disobedience campaign.
The shops have closed due to the strike and many of them, such as the largest supermarket chain in the country, City Mart, have announced that they would not open even before the strike day against General Min Aung Hlaing.
Burmese media have reported that they have been the most massive demonstrations since the coup d’état and images of the protests in the two main cities of the country, Mandalay and Rangoon, have been disseminated on social networks.
In the capital, Naipyidó, there have been a dozen arrests, according to the Myanmar Now news portal, although other non-verified sources suggest that there could be more than 350 detainees.
“The only people who have stayed at home are the sick or elderly and those who take care of them or those who have an inescapable duty in their community,” Myanmar Now reported.
The strike has been backed by civil servants, industrial workers, health workers, engineers, teachers and bank workers. “Ordinary people from all over Burma are joining in an extraordinary act of defiance against the brutal military coup in Burma following the assassinations, violence and intimidation of the security forces,” the Justice for Burma group highlighted through of a message posted on Twitter.
REVOLUTION OF THE FIVE TWO
The strike has been called under the slogan of the Revolution of the Five Twos, 22222, for the chosen date, February 22, 2021, and in reference to the historic protest of the Four Eights, when millions of people took to the streets on August 8, 1988 to challenge the dictatorial government.
The protest has been reinforced by the outrage caused by the deaths of two protesters by shooting by police and military in the city of Mandalay this Saturday. The uniformed officers used live fire against the concentrated protesters to defend striking shipyard workers from arrest.
On Friday, a 20-year-old girl died after being shot in the head by a police officer during a demonstration held the previous week in the capital Naipyidó, the first victim in the protests. However, the military have vehemently rejected any kind of implication in the young woman’s death and claim that the autopsy has revealed that the bullet that hit her head is not like the one used by the security forces.
In addition, the military dictatorship itself had warned the protesters that “they will suffer loss of life” if the protests continue. The Council of Administration of the State of Burma has assured this Sunday night in the state station MRTV that “the protesters have raised their incitement towards revolt and anarchy.”
According to CNN in reference to the statement of the military junta, “the protesters are now inciting people, especially teenagers and emotional young people, to a path of confrontation where they will suffer the loss of life.”
This Monday, Facebook has withdrawn the page from public television, MRTV, according to the civil disobedience movement, after the social network announced on Sunday the removal 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 earlier this month.
UNICEF CONDEMNS THE DEATH OF A CHILD
Among the two fatalities of the Burmese repression this Saturday, a child is included, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) denounced this Monday.
The UN agency has also been “deeply concerned by reports of the use of excessive and lethal force during ongoing protests,” as well as the threat from the military junta of “loss of life.”
According to reports referenced by UNICEF, violence by security forces in Mandalay on Saturday night during protests resulted in two deaths, including the death of a child, and multiple serious injuries.
Faced with the violence carried out by the security forces, the agency has demanded that they “refrain from violence, exercise maximum restraint and that differences be resolved by constructive and peaceful means, giving priority to the protection and safety of children and children. youths”.
Likewise, UNICEF has called for increased efforts to protect children and young people from violence, “even when they express their opinions and participate in peaceful protests. No one should face any form of violence or intimidation for their opinions,” he recalled through of a statement.