Myanmar Protests Swell Again After Greater Deployment of the Army

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Protests in Myanmar against the military coup have picked up again after the military deployed more soldiers across the country this weekend to quell the demonstrations.

 

Thousands marched in Yangon, the country’s largest city. Protesters blocked roads to prevent security forces from moving.

Demonstrations have continued in Myanmar since the military overthrew Aung San Suu Kyi’s democratically elected government. The government leader is under house arrest. With the protests, the thousands of Myanmar people on the street defy the military, who did not shy away from the violence in recent days to end the demonstrations.

For the past two days, demonstrations in Myanmar have been significantly smaller since the army deployed additional troops in and around Yangon. However, social media was buzzing with calls for mass demonstrations just before the junta shut down the internet again.

UN rapporteur Tom Andrews is deeply concerned about the military presence in Yangon. “I fear the potential violence Wednesday is greater than what we have seen so far in Myanmar since the illegal seizure of power on February 1.”

In recent days, the military has used, among other things, rubber bullets and tear gas against the protesters.

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