YANGON: Myanmar democracy activists Call for national businesses closing on Wednesday will mark the 2nd anniversary anniversary You can find the coup This overthrew Aung San Suu Kyi’s government. with The junta It may hint at the possibility of extending a state-of-emergency and delaying new elections.
It was justified by the military’s power grab on February 1, 2020 with Suu Kyi’s party won the elections in a stunning victory despite unsubstantiated claims that widespread fraud was involved.
The West launched new sanctions on the Generals on The anniversaryHowever, the previous rounds did not show any signs of throwing it. junta Stay on the right track.
Yangon, a commercial hub, draped banners to protest the government on There are many bridges that invite people to come and join them “revolution” on Images published Wednesday by local media
People across the country are being asked by activists to close their shops and avoid the streets between 10 AM (0330 GMT), and 4 PM.
“I made fewer snacks today and all are sold out now,” A Yangon vendor told AFP that he requested anonymity out of fear of reprisals.
“People rushed to buy since early morning. There will be a silent strike… We don’t want to miss it.”
An anti-military rally “patriots, military lovers, monks and the public” marched through Yangon’s streets.
Warning: The US Embassy in Washington has issued warnings. “increased anti-regime activity and violence” In the days surrounding the anniversary.
juntaAt the end January, the imposed emergency would expire. The constitution then states that new elections must be planned.
It was widely anticipated that the military would announce on Wednesday, it said that it would be preparing to go to the polls.
But on Tuesday juntaThe stacked National Defence and Security Council met in order to review the current state of the country and reached a conclusion “has not returned to normalcy yet”.
Anti-Junta supporters, such as the anticoup “People’s Defence Forces” (PDF) A shadow government controlled by Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy, (NLD), had attempted to capture the territory. “state power by means of unrest and violence”The council stated that.
It “necessary announcement will be released” on It added Wednesday without providing details.
A new round of sanctions was announced by the United States, Canada, and Britain on The anniversaryMembers of the junta And junta-backed entities.
MyanmarBritain, a former colonial leader, targeted among other companies that supplied aviation fuel for the military, and enabled its destruction “barbaric air raiding campaign in an attempt to maintain power”.
Australia also issued its first sanctions, which were directed at 16 member countries of the junta “responsible for egregious human rights abuses” Two conglomerates that are sprawling and military-controlled.
US sanctions were also directed at the junta-approved election Commission gave two months for political parties to reregister last week. This was a signal that the military may be seeking fresh elections.
But with Analysts say that armed resistance is raging in large swathes across the country. People living in these areas may not vote and could face reprisals.
On Tuesday, a special UN envoy stated that elections under military rule would be held “fuel greater violence, prolong the conflict and make the return to democracy and stability more difficult”.
In the crackdown on the military, more than 2900 people were killed on According to local monitoring groups, more than 18,000 people were arrested for expressing dissidence since the inauguration of the government.
It junta Recent closed-court Suu Kyi trials were concluded. Suu Kyi’s longtime foe was jailed for 33 years. Rights groups have condemned the process as fraudulent.
“The main wish for 2023 is we want freedom and to go back home,” Thet Naung, an activist living in the northern Sagaing area where military and anti-government activities are both activecoup According to AFP fighters regularly clashed.
“We have gone through many difficulties. We wanted to be happy and live freely but we lost everything. We have spent most of our time in jungles and stayed away from cities.”