Location: Yangon- Myanmar
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The streets of Yangon Tuesday turned silent as the Burmese staged a nationwide strike to mark the first coup anniversary by the military junta that saw the overthrow of the Noble Prize winner Aung San Suu KY and her democratically elected cabinet on Feb 1s, 2021. The military seized power and announced a one-year state of emergency. The people of Myanmar have staged this silent strike to show their disapproval of the coup after exhausting all forms of anti-coup efforts. Ma Rose, a participant in the strike, said the military would do everything in their power to stop the strike. She said they would resort to threats and would exact retribution against shop owners who would fail to obey orders and open their shops on the day of the strike.
– (Soundbite) Ma Rose, one of the residents of Yangon:
“The revolution is already a year-old, but as you can see, all people of Myanmar are still participating in anti-coup movements until now, our blood is still warm.
“The junta forces try to stop this silent strike; they try resorting to threatening shop owners to not close their shops during the silent strike period. If they close, they would arrest them or seal their shops, and threaten the shop owner with a gun to obey orders.
We took part in every kind of anti-coup movement, just for showing our solidarity still with the Civil Disobedience Movement, those detained unfairly, fallen martyrs and all comrades who are in the jungle to have a military training to fight back the junta forces. All people from the urban city are enthusiastic; we are with you all, we all stand by your side, and we still do not accept the military junta as our government. That is why we all join every movement and show our solidarity to them.”
– (Soundbite) Ko Paing Ko, member of the anti-dictatorship movement committee
“I have to say that today is the one year anniversary of the military coup; also, today is the one year anniversary of the anti-coup movements and strikes against the junta. The people of Myanmar still engage in every kind of anti-coup strike. The masses take a main role in every revolution. I want to say that the people of Myanmar oppose with every kind of possible way the dictatorship since 1962 until now. This is just because the people know how their lives are under the military era; that is why they still oppose them. We will never be silenced; never remove our flag and we will continue.”
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