Myanmar Coup: Three Weeks Of Protest Turn Deadly
As Myanmar's military threatens to use deadly force against protesters, here is a recap of events since the junta seized power three weeks ago, arresting the country's democratically elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi
Yangon, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 22nd Feb, 2021 ) :As Myanmar's military threatens to use deadly force against protesters, here is a recap of events since the junta seized power three weeks ago, arresting the country's democratically elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
- Walkie-talkies - Two days after the coup, authorities bring an obscure charge against 75-year-old Suu Kyi -- over unregistered walkie-talkies at her home, an offence under Myanmar's import and export law.
- Internet blocked - Resistance to the coup begins with people banging pots and pans -- a practice traditionally associated with driving out evil spirits.
Suu Kyi, not seen in public since the coup, is under house arrest and "in good health", her party says.
- Bold defiance - Popular dissent surges over the weekend of February 6 and 7, with tens of thousands of people gathering on the streets calling for the release of Suu Kyi.
But despite bans on gatherings of more than five people, the protests continue.
Despite the violence and a raid on the Yangon party headquarters of the NLD, tens of thousands of people take to the streets of the city for a fifth successive day.
UN special rapporteur Tom Andrews warns that the junta "can't steal the hope and resolve of a determined people." - US sanctions - The same day Washington announces sanctions against several military officials, including General Min Aung Hlaing, the army chief now in charge.
The UN demands the immediate release of Suu Kyi two days later and deems the use of violence against protesters "unacceptable".
- Escalation - Min Aung Hlaing suspends laws requiring warrants for searches on February 13 as the junta warns the public not to hide protesters.
- New Suu Kyi charge - On February 16 Suu Kyi's lawyer says she has been hit her with a second charge, this time under the country's natural disaster management law.
The next day thousands rally in Yangon vowing to "fight till the end", despite the build-up of troops and fears of escalating violence.
- Four protesters die - On Friday the protester shot 10 days earlier dies, becoming a symbol of opposition to the junta.
But despite the threats, hundreds of thousands of anti-coup protesters rally again on Monday.
UN chief Antonio Guterres condemns the junta's "brutal force" and demands an end to the repression.