Calls for participation in protests and support of the civil disobedience movement have been growing and better organized since the February 1 coup.
“We, the medical staff, are at the forefront of this movement to urge all government employees to join the civil disobedience movement,” said Aye Misan, a nurse working at a public hospital. while participating in demonstrations in Yangon. “Our message is to abolish the military regime completely and we must fight for our mission,” Misan said.
Police in the capital Naypyidaw today sprayed a group of protesters with a tornado today, according to video footage recorded at the scene.
Thousands of people also took to the streets in the coastal city of Dawei in the southeast and in Kachin City in the north.
In Yangon, a group of monks dressed in saffron-colored robes led the group of protesters along with workers and students. They raised Buddhist flags and red banners, similar to the colors of Suu Kyi’s National Alliance for Democracy (NLD) party.
“Release our leaders, honor in our vote, reject a military coup” was one of the slogans raised.
The protest last weekend was the largest since the “Saffron Revolution” led by monks in 2007 to promote democratic reform.
Up to now, the protest movement is still taking place peacefully, unlike the bloody sweep in the 1988 and 2007 struggle movements. A convoy of military vehicles was seen while walking on the streets of Yangon in the afternoon. through, causing many people to worry that the situation might be about to change.
The government’s shutdown of the internet over the weekend has made Burmese people more concerned about the risk of returning to a period of isolation and poverty before the country’s transition to democracy in 2011.
In addition to street protests, the civil disobedience movement is attracting many participants, firstly doctors and then some teachers and other government employees.
“We urge all government ministry staff not to work this Monday,” said activist Min Ko Naing, who joined the 1988 rally.
Suu Kyi has not been contacted from outside since military commander Min Aung Hlaing took power on February 1.
Ms. Suu Kyi is facing charges of smuggling 6 radios and is being detained by the police for investigation until February 15. Her lawyer said she has yet to see her.
Australia is demanding the immediate release of one of its citizens, Suu Kyi’s economic advisers, who have been arrested over the weekend.
The United Nations continues to urge Myanmar’s military to restore democracy.
According to Reuters