On Monday, three anti-coup protesters were shot dead in Myanmar. After the incident, the demonstrators across the country sought to paralyze the economy with strike action which is followed by a weekend of night raids and arrests.
“General Strike Call” by the People of Myanmar
The trade unions of Myanmar had called for a general strike to bring down the economy to a standstill. Banks, shopping malls, and some clothing factories were closed. Trade Union said in a statement, “To continue economic and business activities as well….will only benefit the military as they repress the energy of the Myanmar people”. Even the unions have decided to start the civil Disobedience Movement’. The military officers have warned the civil servants that if they continue to strike then they will be fired. A major report stated, “Even though medical personnel vacated their government posts to initiate the civil disobedience movement, many returned to government hospitals in response to escalating violence against peaceful protestors”.
International Reaction on the Coup
The military takeover has been condemned by several countries. Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General said, “The military takeover was a serious blow to the democratic reforms”. The subsequent crackdown has drawn huge international condemnation. Even, US and UK have responded with sanctions against the key military personnel. China, on the other hand, has blocked a UN Security Council statement condemning the coup. The international intervention in Myanmar was previously opposed by Beijing. The country urged all sides to resolve differences.
TPT Policy Advocacy & Recommendations
- The death toll in Myanmar is increasing on a huge scale. The Myanmar security forces do not have any right to use lethal forces. The Government of Myanmar must take strict steps to stop this disastrous protest as soon as possible.
- To pressure the international community to intervene, the protesters are ready to sacrifice themselves. Japan along with China could use their peer pressures on Myanmar’s security forces so that the cooperation works easily.