Myanmar Protests: Find Out What Is Happening In Myanmar And Why?

What Is Happening In Myanmar

Myanmar

Myanmar is a Southeast Asian Nation which was formerly known as Burma. The country borders India, Bangladesh, China, Laos and Thailand.

The country has been absorbed in uncontrolled ethnic conflict for most of their independent years which result in several organizations witnessing Human Rights violation in the country. The maximum ratio of the country’s economy is largely supported by the military government.

What Is Happening In Myanmar?

On the morning of 1st February 2021, the National League for Democracy, ruling party of Myanmar, were deposed by the Myanmar’s military – “Tatmadaw”.

Tatmadaw has declared a “year-long state emergency” as well as the power has been entrusted in hands of Min Aung Hlaing, Commander-in-chief of Myanmar Armed Forces. The results of the elections which took place in November 2020 were declared invalid and mentioned the intentions of holding new elections at the end of the declared emergency.

Aung Hlaing
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The “coup d’état” took place a day before, to prevent the formation of new government from happening, the Parliament of Myanmar was due to swear the members elected of the 2020 general elections.

The former-state counselor of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi, was under house arrest after she was charged for violating the emergency laws of covid-19 as well as found illegally importing and using the radio and communication devices from a security team specially the six icon devices.

Aung San Suu Kyi
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Aung San Suu Kyi was also charged for using a walkie-talkie which are restricted in Myanmar. President, Win Myint, was also remanded in custody after he was charged for violating the guidelines and the restrictions of covid-19 pandemic under the section 25 of the natural disaster management law. 

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Various other Members of the Parliament, Ministers and their Deputies were also detained.

What About The Protest?

After the power of the Government was seized and the democratic election’s results were overturned, the military warned the public to “Not to destroy” democracy and “people who would harm the stability of the state, public safety and the law rule” will have to face legal actions against them.

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The warning was a result of casualties which took place on Tuesday where two people were seriously injured in the capital, Naypyidaw.

The police officers allegedly shot at protesters and two people were seriously injured.

A young man sustained a gunshot wound and another woman was hit in the head by a bullet which pierced through a motorcycle helmet, according to Spokesperson of NLD, Kyi Toe, in a Facebook post.

The women victim was under critical condition and the doctors confirmed that the wound was from a real bullet not the rubber bullet. Government imposed a restriction on public gathering on Tuesday with a curfew in several major towns like Naypyidaw and Yangon.

The public is prohibited to gather in a group of more than 5, protest marching on foot or car is restricted and people are not allowed to me give political speeches in public areas . A curfew is imposed in major towns from 8 p.m. till 4 a.m.

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The notice surfaced on 8th February regarding the restrictions but no notice is introduced to the people which mentions the lifting of the restrictions.

On Monday, first day of the protest, the people chanted slogans against the coup, demanded the power to be handed back to the elected leaders. Demonstrators had to disperse soon after the police announced that they would fire live ammunition if anyone crossed the police line on the main roads of the city.

In Mandalay, 27 people were arrested during the protest which included a journalist after he filmed the violence against the protesters. 

Use of water cannons was witnessed on second day of the protest.

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