Protests against military takeover in Myanmar grow bolder and bigger

The people that gathered on the streets in Yangon and Mandalay and other parts of the country on Tuesday also protested against the new rules that banned rallies and protests in the two cities.


Protest against military takeover in Myanmar (PHOTO: Twitter)

Thousands of people in Myanmar continued protest demonstrations against the military takeover on Tuesday, demanding restoration of democratic rule and release of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other political leaders who were detained during the military coup on February 1.

The people that gathered on the streets in Yangon and Mandalay and other parts of the country on Tuesday also protested against the new rules that banned rallies and protests in the two cities.

Restriction on gatherings of more than five people at public places in Yangon and Mandalay was announced on Monday night and curfew imposed in some areas, according to reports.

Police tried to disperse the huge crowd of people who have been taking to the streets since February 6 in protest demonstration against the military takeover since February 1, according to reports.

Meanwhile, the internet shutdown imposed nationwide on February 6 failed to curb public outrage and protests and the internet service in Myanmar was restored on Sunday. Norwegian telecom service provider Telenor said in a release on Sunday that it had restored its data network in Myanmar.

“Telenor Myanmar has restored the data network nationwide, following instruction from the MoTC," the firm said in a statement, referring to the Myanmar Ministry of Transport and Communications, on Sunday.

Internet access was partially restored in Myanmar on February 7, Netblocks reported, as a nationwide web blockade failed to curb public outrage and protests against the coup that ousted elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

“Partial restoration of Internet connectivity confirmed in #Myanmar from 2 PM local time on multiple providers following information blackout,” the Internet monitoring service said on Twitter.

The protest has spread and the number of protesters have grown bigger and bolder since the military coup while remaining non-violent in support of a call by Suu Kyi's party and its allies for civil disobedience, sources said.

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First Published:Feb. 9, 2021, 12:36 p.m.

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