Military Imposes Full Grip on Myanmar in Overnight Crackdown
Panic ensued in Myanmar by night.
On Sunday evening, armored vehicles drove into cities across the country, along with trucks loaded with soldiers in the cantonment. Security forces fired rubber bullets, water cannons and tear gas at the crowd. Soldiers surrounded the homes of government personnel who dared to join a nationwide civil disobedience campaign. Politicians, activists and journalists ran off their phones as they disappeared into the shadows, hoping to exclude those who came after them.
Ma Tharpe, a government accountant, said, “I encountered a military dictatorship earlier in my life that, like many other civil servants, demanded that the work be done to allow the country’s civilian leadership to return after about two weeks.” To be boycotted. ” military coup. “But now I’m scared. Tonight will be a real nightmare. “
On Sunday night, ambassadors from several Western countries, including the United States, made a statement warning the couplers, “Avoid violence against protesters and civilians who are opposed to the overthrow of their legitimate government.”
“We support the people of Myanmar in their quest for democracy, freedom, peace and prosperity,” the statement said. “The world is watching.”
Since the seizure of military power, millions have joined. Street protests And a civil disobedience movement aimed at crippling the functioning of the government.
The days are over Protest, Motorcycles, bodybuilders, students, women in ball gowns and even Golden Retriever aficionados in 2015 to demand the exit of the military that controlled Myanmar for nearly half a century before handing over some power to a civilian government Were gathered.
On Sunday morning, hackers attacked a state news media website, replacing it with a triple ultimatum: “We want democracy!” Dismiss the military coup! Justice for Myanmar! “
Blond Senior general min ang hling, The military chief commanding the coup, has been maligned countless times on posters and online.
But the nights have brought fear. On Saturday evening, the State Administration Council, the Orwellian name chosen by the coup-goers, announced it was taking basic civil liberties, allowing indefinite detention, and police searching for criminals to search homes. Arrest warrants were issued for veteran democracy activists who were already jailed.
Late Saturday night, residents of the two largest cities, Yangon and Mandalay, watched in horror as unknown men lit a fire to disperse the neighborhood and fled. Police arrested protesters and politicians alike. The day before, 23,000 prisoners were collectively locked up in prisons. There is now room to separate people from what has been felt for decades like a prison state.
By Sunday night, armored vehicles were roaming the streets of the city, posing more danger. In Sittwe and Mawlamyine, in cities in the Far West and East, armored vehicles were patrolled with troops stationed on gun regrets. The people of Myanmar now refer to these sleepless evenings and emerge as a kind of psychological warfare.
In Mitschina, a city in the north, security forces fired rubber bullets, water cannons and tear gas at the crowd to protest the army’s takeover at a power station.
“Now, I’m scared of what will happen tonight because they can cut power and do whatever they want,” said Yu Than Ning, an employee of the local electricity company.
US Embassy Civil Services in Yangon Tweeted That “there are signs of military movements in Yangon and the possibility of telecommunications disruptions between 1 pm and 9 pm”
On 1 February, the army did a lot of damage to the internet, as many civilians were arrested on 1 February. Dau ang san suu kiThe de facto leader of the nation, whose National League for Democracy was elected in two landslide victories. The generals cut the telecommunications network again a few days later and ordered a ban on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
For the protesters, who are organizing through encrypted messaging services and trade footage of arrests and civil disobedience campaigns, the prospect of another internet blackout brought further disarray.
Yu Min Ko Nawing, a former student guard who spent his youth in jail, posted a video on Facebook a day after he was hidden after a warrant for his arrest.
“Last night, in different parts of the country at the same time, all of you must have faced terror,” he said, referring to the presence of unknown Sankatmochan in the cities of Myanmar. “It’s really a trick. They are used as bait to provoke anger among people. “
Mr. Min Ko Ning urged the workers to continue their strike. The economy has been paralyzed as bank employees, doctors, civil servants and others have refused to labor for the State Administration Council.
“The most important thing is the Civil Disobedience Movement, for not going to the work of civil servants,” he said. “This week is the most important week.”
The military information unit issued a statement Sunday night explaining the sudden military buildup in cities across the country.
“Security forces will demonstrate day and night security for the public to sleep peacefully in the community,” the statement said.
In Nyepidaw, the army’s custom-built capital, government employees dropped their windows on soldiers coming to surround them.
Ms Tharape, accountant, said the army had not yet arrived but she was expecting them. His child was in bed but he was not.
“Anything can happen, they can kill us anonymously,” she said. “I’m sure I can’t sleep tonight.”