Myanmar Citizens Continue Protest Coup

Thousands of Myanmar protests and nationwide strikes to protest the military coup, demanding the release of the State Advisory Aung San Suu Kyi. More than 1,000 people poured into the streets of Yangon, Myanmar's largest city, starting the third day in a row after the military coup broke out on February 1.





In the second largest city in Mandalay, more than a thousand people gathered to protest. Meanwhile, hundreds of people poured down the streets of the capital Naypyidaw. Large-scale demonstrations have also been recorded in several other parts of the country.


Over the weekend, tens of thousands of people gathered in the streets of Myanmar, marking the largest rally since the coup, prompting State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi and a series of government officials to be arrested.


During the past week, Myanmar fell into chaos when people were faced with problems in accessing the Internet and some social networks. The Myanmar army had previously warned people not to post "social media rumours" that could incite "riots and destabilisation".


The first street protest in Myanmar took place in Mandalay on February 4, with only a few dozen people. Previously, because of concerns about the power of the military, the people of Myanmar chose ways to protest against the coup such as posting photos on social networks, going on strike, singing democracy songs, constantly knocking pans and whistles.


The Myanmar army declared a state of emergency for a year to settle allegations of fraud in the general elections in November last year, when the party National Union for Democracy in Myanmar (NLD) of Aung San Suu Kyi won an overwhelming victory.


The coup in Myanmar has been met with fierce criticism from the US and Western countries. However, countries such as Thailand, Cambodia and the Philippines confirmed that Suu Kyi's arrest was "an internal matter of Myanmar". China urged the international community not to "aggravate tension and complicate the Myanmar situation".


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1. Myanmar

2. protest

3. military coup

4. rally

5. arrested

6. allegations

7. fraud

8. elections


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