The Myanmar army fired fire at anti-coup protesters on Wednesday, killing at least 7 people and injuring many. Meanwhile, a Chinese-owned factory was set on fire in the commercial capital Yangon. The activists have also lit Chinese flags.
A fire broke out at the China-owned JOC Garment Factory in Yangon on Wednesday (April 7), reports and the Fire Department said. There are no reports of casualties nor details of the extent of the damage.
In another neighborhood in Yangon, activists lit Chinese flags, according to pictures posted on Facebook.
China is considered to have supported the military government in causing the coup in Myanmar. Last month, 32 Chinese-invested factories in Yangon were burned down.
General Min Aung Hlaing, the head of the army, said in a statement on Wednesday that the ci
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vil disobedience movement, known as the CDM, has caused the operations of hospitals, schools, roads, offices Rooms and factories across the country were stalled.
“Although demonstrations are also being held in neighboring countries and the international community, they don’t destroy businesses, and CDM is an activity aimed at destroying the country,” he said.
According to the AAPP activist group, more than 580 people have been killed since the February 1 coup, which ended a brief period of civil democracy. National protests and strikes have dragged on since that point in spite of the military’s use of lethal force to quell the opposition.
A resident said security forces opened fire on protesters in the northwestern town of Kale on Wednesday when they demanded the restoration of Aung San Suu Kyi’s civil government. The news agencies Mizzima and Irrawaddy reported that 5 people were killed and some were injured.
Residents of Kale said the information was provided to him by witnesses who took photos of the five bodies. Two protesters were killed in the town of Bago near Yangon, Myanmar Now reported.
The organization of activities and information sharing via social networks and messaging applications of the anti-coup movement is mainly led by young people. However, the government has limited mobile data services and broadband wireless internet to make it difficult for the movement. The fixed internet service is only available in certain regions.
“Myanmar has been falling into a chasm of information since February,” said Alp Toker, founder of NetBlocks. “Communication is currently severely limited and only available to a small number of people.”
With the print media shut down as well, the protesters sought to solve the transmission problem by producing daily A4 news flyers. If they cannot be shared online, they will be printed and distributed to the public.
Arrest orders for hundreds of people have been issued, including many influential people in the art world. Media reported that the country’s most famous comedian, Zarganar, was arrested on Tuesday.
The UK and Indonesia recently discussed how the UK and the international community can support the Southeast Asian effort to resolve the crisis in Myanmar. Indonesia is one of the Southeast Asian countries at the forefront in promoting high-level negotiations on Myanmar.
While Western countries such as the UK, the US, and Australia have imposed or tightened sanctions on their generals and business entities, Russia has shown its support for the military council. ruling Myanmar. On Tuesday, it said the West risked a civil war by imposing sanctions on the military.
Fitch Solutions said in a report released Wednesday that relying on Western sanctions alone will not succeed in restoring democracy. The company predicts an armed revolution that will target troops from the opposition, including members of the anti-coup movement and ethnic minority militias.
Some ethnic minorities said they could not watch the military kill people and have engaged with the army. Fitch believes that Myanmar is heading towards a civil war.
“The increasing violence against civilians and ethnic minorities shows that Tatmadaw [the army] is increasingly losing control of the country,” the report added, adding that the vast majority of the people were in favor Suu Kyi’s overthrown government.