Status: 02/14/2021 9:57 p.m.
Despite the growing military presence, tens of thousands of people again demonstrated against the coup in Myanmar. The internet has apparently been switched off in the country. The fear of escalation is growing.
Two weeks after the military coup in Myanmar, fears are growing that the army will crack down on the population. Even so, tens of thousands of people demonstrated again on the streets.
Some demonstrators dressed up.
Photo: LYNN BO BO / EPA-EFE / Shutterstock
In Rangoon, students dressed in white marched through the center of the largest city in the Southeast Asian country and demanded the release of the disempowered de facto head of government and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi on banners. A convoy of cars and motorcycles drove through the capital, Naypyitaw.
Gunfire at protesters
In the north of the country, water cannons were used to disperse protesters, as shown on TV images. The re were many shots – although it remained unclear whether rubber bullets or live ammunition were used. Hundreds of people protested in the city of Myitkyina in front of a power station that was occupied by the military.
Armored vehicles drove up in several cities.
For the first time since the coup, large numbers of armored vehicles drove into the streets of several cities. The Internet has been completely paralyzed in the Southeast Asian country, as numerous observers reported on social media.
The military, however, restricted civil liberties with new regulations. In future, residents will have to report nightly visitors to the authorities. Otherwise, there is a risk of fines or even imprisonment. In the event of suspicion, people and private property can also be searched without a court order.
A statement from the embassies of the EU, the UK, Canada and eleven other countries in Myanmar said the February 1 coup was condemned. “We support the people of Myanmar in their demand for democracy, freedom, peace and prosperity. The world is watching.”