Burmese take to the Streets again to demand Democracy

Burmese take to the Streets again to demand Democracy

Yangon (Burma), Feb 13- The Burmese came out again this Saturday, a week after the start of street protests against the military coup, to demand the return of democracy while arrests continue to increase.

“Respect our vote” or “free our leaders” were phrases that could be read on some of the banners carried by the protesters concentrated in Rangoon, with other anti-military protests in different parts of the country despite the prohibition by the uniformed .
In Yangon, the most populous city in Burma (Myanmar), protesters gathered in front of the statue of Aung San, the hero of independence whose birthday is being celebrated today.
Aung San is also the father of the Nobel Peace Prize and deposed leader of the country, Aung San Suu Kyi, who has not been heard from since she was placed under house arrest in Naipyidó, the capital, on the day of the coup, last January 1. February.
Many protesters hold up three fingers, the gesture from the “Hunger Games” saga that first became a symbol of protest in Thailand and now in Burma, where opposition to the coup began with pancakes and civil disobedience.
The movement against the military junta continues despite police charges with water cannons, tear gas, and rubber and real bullets, which have caused several injuries in recent days.
A 19-year-old girl has been fighting for her life since last Tuesday after being shot in the head by the police during a demonstration in the Burmese capital.
At least 326 people, including most of the government, politicians and activists, have been detained in the last two weeks, although 23 have been released since, according to the Association for the Assistance of Political Prisoners (AAPP).
Many are detained without charge or on ambiguous charges such as Suu Kyi herself, who is credited with illegally importing telephone equipment.
The authorities take advantage of the night to make arrests, so that groups of neighbors have begun patrolling some neighborhoods where they beat pans and pots to warn when soldiers or police are taking people away.

MOBILIZATIONS ON SOCIAL MEDIA

The mobilizations are also carried out on social networks, despite the order of the military junta to block Facebook and Twitter, which many are getting around thanks to VPN programs, which allow access to the internet through servers outside the country.
The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on Friday calling for the release of Suu Kyi, but the division in the body prevented a firm condemnation of the coup due to the reluctance of members such as China, Russia and Venezuela.

The military government, headed by General Min Aung Hlaing, justifies the seizure of power due to an alleged electoral fraud in the elections last November, in which the National League for Democracy, the party led by Suu Kyi, swept away, as it already did. in 2015.

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