Fear of escalation is growing in Myanmar

TIn spite of warnings of possible violence by the security forces, tens of thousands of people again protested against the takeover of power by the military in Myanmar on Wednesday. The regime had previously blocked Internet access for the third night in a row. In the center of Myanmar’s largest city, Yangon, a huge crowd gathered in the vicinity of the famous Sule Pagoda. Some demonstrators marched in construction workers’ helmets and signal vests. More monks also joined the protest movement.

The protest is creative. Some drivers simulated engine failure and parked their vehicles in the middle of the lane. They paralyzed the traffic and blocked the way for vehicles of the security forces. The military had brought armored vehicles and additional troops into the cities over the weekend.

Aung San Suu Kyi’s condition unknown

The protests on Wednesday were the largest since these threats began. People are demanding an end to military rule and the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, who is under house arrest in the capital, Naypyidaw. The trial of the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, who led the civil government of Myanmar as a state councilor, surprisingly began on Tuesday and not on Wednesday as announced.

In Yangon, Myanmar's largest city, protesters display a banner with a picture of the disempowered Myanmar State Councilor Aung San Suu Kyi


In Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city, protesters display a banner with a picture of the disempowered Myanmar State Councilor Aung San Suu Kyi
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A second lawsuit has now been filed against the 75-year-old politician. According to her lawyer, she is now also being accused of violating the country’s civil protection law because she has not complied with the applicable regulations to contain the coronavirus pandemic. It is an allegation that had previously been made against President Win Myint, who was also arrested.

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Aung San Suu Kyi is also charged with violating an import-export law. During a house search, handheld radios are said to have been found, which may not have been properly registered. Both politicians face up to three years imprisonment if convicted.

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