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Unions set for strikes as Myanmar crackdown intensifies By Reuters


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(Reuters) – Main commerce unions in Myanmar ready for strikes on Monday to attempt to squeeze the nation’s fragile economic system and pile stress on its new navy rulers, as a weekend of violence and nighttime raids renewed requires sustained nationwide protests.

Witnesses reported the sound of gunfire and stun grenades in numerous elements of the industrial capital Yangon through the night time, whereas state media on Monday stated safety forces have been retaining a presence at hospitals and universities as a part of efforts to implement the legislation.

At the very least 9 unions overlaying sectors together with building, agriculture and manufacturing referred to as on “all Myanmar folks” to cease work to reverse the Feb. 1 coup and restore Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected authorities.

Permitting enterprise and financial exercise to proceed would assist the navy “as they repress the vitality of the Myanmar folks”, it stated in a press release.

“The time to take motion in defence of our democracy is now,” it stated.

Girls’s teams referred to as for a Htamain (Sarong) motion to mobilise in drive and mark Worldwide Girls’s Day whereas denouncing the junta.

A number of the greatest protests in latest weeks occurred on Sunday, with police firing stun grenades and tear fuel to interrupt up demonstrations in Yangon, the northern city of Lashio and a sit-in by tens of 1000’s of individuals the second-biggest metropolis Mandalay.

Police and navy have killed greater than 50 folks to quell each day demonstrations and strikes for the reason that coup, in keeping with the United Nations.

Protest chief Maung Saungkha on Fb (NASDAQ:) urged girls to return out strongly in opposition to the coup on Monday, whereas Nay Chi, one of many organisers of the Sarong motion, described the ladies as “revolutionaries”.

“Our individuals are unarmed however sensible. They attempt to rule with concern, however we’ll combat that concern,” she informed Reuters.


At the very least three protests have been held in Yangon on Sunday, regardless of raids on marketing campaign leaders and opposition activists by safety forces late Saturday.

An official and native marketing campaign supervisor from Suu Kyi’s Nationwide League for Democracy (NLD) Khin Maung Latt died in police custody.

Ba Myo Thein, a deposed lawmaker, stated reviews of bruising to Khin Maung Latt’s head and physique raised suspicions that he had been “tortured severely”.

Police in Pabedan, the place Khin Maung Latt was arrested, declined to remark. A spokesman for the navy didn’t reply calls searching for remark.

The military has stated it’s coping with protests lawfully.

In a press release on Monday, the navy stated it had arrested 41 folks the day past.

An announcement by the navy carried on the entrance web page of the State-run International New Gentle of Myanmar newspaper on Monday threatened unspecified “motion” in opposition to anybody who straight or not directly works for a committee of ousted lawmakers that has declared itself the nation’s authentic authority.

The announcement stated the committee was unlawful and had dedicated “excessive treason”. A separate report stated the navy and police have been “sustaining” hospitals and universities.

The killings have drawn anger within the West and been condemned by most democracies in Asia.

America and another Western international locations have imposed restricted sanctions on the junta and Australia on Sunday reduce defence ties, saying it could solely take care of non-government teams in Myanmar.

Myanmar’s big neighbour China on Sunday stated it was ready to interact with “all events” to ease the disaster and was not taking sides.

Figures by the Help Affiliation for Political Prisoners advocacy group confirmed almost 1,800 folks have been detained below the junta as of Sunday.