Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Nationwide strike holds in Myanmar as anti-coup campaign intensifies

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Myanmar’s biggest trade unions have begun a major strike in the latest attempt to pressure the country’s Generals to step down after seizing power in a coup last month.

At least 18 labour organisations covering industries including construction, agriculture and manufacturing called on workers to abandon their duty posts towards reversing the February 1 coup and restoring Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected government to power.

Witnesses reported the sound of gunfire and stun grenades in different parts of Yangon, Myanmar’s biggest city, during the night.

Soldiers were deployed to public buildings around the country, sparking confrontations with protesters while security forces maintained their presence at hospitals and universities across the country, as part of their law enforcement efforts.

Protest leader Maung Saungkha on Facebook urged women to come out strongly against the coup today while Nay Chi, one of the organisers of the Sarong movement, described the women as revolutionaries.