Protesters returned to Myanmar’s streets today (February 10), while troops of this country suddenly raided the headquarters of the National Coalition for Democracy (NLD) party last night.
|Police sprayed cannons at protesters in Naypyidaw on February 9|
According to Reuters, the United States and the United Nations have condemned the use of force against protesters, protesters of the coup and demanding the release of state adviser Aung San Suu Kyi and a series of key officials. The government was captured by the army after a military coup took place on February 1.
“We strongly condemn violence against protesters,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said. Ola Almgren, the United Nations resident coordinator in Myanmar, also said that such use of force against protesters was “unacceptable”.
Thousands of people took part in demonstrations in the city of Yangon, while in the capital Naypyitaw, hundreds of government employees marched to express their support for the “civil disobedience” campaign, which started by medical staff.
In another development, the Myanmar army on the evening of February 9, suddenly raided Suu Kyi’s NLD headquarters. “The army raided and destroyed the NDL headquarters at 9:30 p.m.”, the party posted on Facebook, but did not provide any further details.
Myanmar military officials on February 8 issued martial law in Yangon and Mandalay, prohibiting people from demonstrating or gathering too many people, asking people not to go out from 20 a.m. to 4 a.m. The same measure applies in the Ayeyarwaddy region.
New Zealand on February 9 became the first foreign government to take concrete action against the coup in Myanmar, announcing the cessation of high-level military and political contacts with Myanmar.
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