Protesters in Myanmar raise voices to shake the world. more mysterious explosions
© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Protesters march in Dawei to protest the military coup
(Reuters) – Thousands of protesters roamed the cities of Myanmar early on Sunday, marching against military rule more than three months after a coup that stalled democratic reforms, economic growth and sparked turmoil.
The protests, which the military could not stop with deadly repression, were coordinated with expatriate communities around the world on Sunday to mark what organizers called “the global Myanmar Spring Revolution”.
“Shake the world with the voice of the unity of the people of Myanmar,” the organizers said in a statement.
There were no immediate reports of violence at the rallies.
The protests are just one of the problems the generals caused by overthrowing an elected government led by Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi on February 1st.
Wars with ethnic minority insurgents in remote border regions in the north and east have intensified considerably in the past three months and, according to United Nations estimates, displaced tens of thousands of civilians.
In some places civilians have fought makeshift weapons against security forces, while in central areas military and government facilities that have been secured for generations have been ravaged by rocket strikes and a wave of small, unexplained explosions.
The state broadcaster released details of at least 11 explosions in the past 36 hours in its main news magazine on Saturday night, most of them in the capital, Yangon. Some damage has been reported but no loss.
No liability claims have been made.
“Some rioters who do not want the state to be stable have thrown and planted hand-made bombs on government buildings and public roads,” the state broadcaster said.
A junta spokesman did not answer calls for comments.
Khit Thit’s media reported an explosion in front of a police barracks in Yangon early Sunday. Vehicles were on fire, it was said, but there was no information about casualties.
It later reported another explosion in the city. A news portal in the northeastern state of Shan reported an explosion in front of the house of a prominent businessman.
The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners advocacy group says security forces have killed at least 759 protesters since the coup. Reuters cannot confirm the number of victims.
The military, which ruled for nearly 50 years until tentative reform began a decade ago, admitted the deaths of 248 protesters in mid-April and said they were killed after instigating violence.
According to the military, several members of the security forces were killed in the protests.
The protests and a parallel civilian strike campaign against disobedience have crippled the economy and increased the prospects of hunger for the poor, aid agencies have warned.
The UN development program warned last week that the effects of the pandemic and political crisis could result in up to 25 million people in Myanmar falling into poverty by 2022.
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