Protests in Myanmar against military rule intensify; 54 killed in clashes with security forces

Yangon: – The intensity of the agitation against the military regime in Myanmar is intensifying by the day. The agitation intensity is seen to be increasing in the major cities of Myanmar, including the capital Naypyidaw and the non-cooperation agitation of the government employees also is garnering more and more support. Simultaneously, the military regime seems to have adopted a more aggressive campaign to crush the agitation. 54 protesters were killed in the security agencies’ action, and more than 1,700 protestors were arrested.  

Last month, the Myanmar military overthrew the elected government to acquire power through a coup. The population of Myanmar agitated with the coup, took to the streets to protest and the protests are continuing for the last four weeks. The Myanmar military has deployed a large number of soldiers and tanks on the streets to crush the agitation. But the intensity of the agitation is increasing without paying any heed to the military action.   

On Sunday, there were agitations in 10 major cities in Myanmar, including Yangon. Protests were held in seven different part of the city of Yangon itself. The protestors gave an aggressive reaction that they are willing to face death to end the military rule. The security agencies are raiding the protesters’ houses and voluntary organisations informed that they are badly thrashed and tortured. On Saturday, Khin Maung Latt, leader of the ruling NLD party, was killed in one such action.   

Meanwhile, the military regime has started threatening the agitating government employees. The military regime has threatened that if the agitation continues, all the employees participating in the agitation will be sacked. But the employees have dismissed the threat and have replied that the agitation will not stop unless the military rule is ended.   

Repercussions of the agitation in Myanmar are being felt on the international level and last week, the issue had been raised in the UN Security Council. 

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