Myanmar anti-coup protests
Another 20 killed; Death toll surges 180
Published: 11:33 AM, 16 March 2021 Updated: 02:57 PM, 16 March 2021
Myanmar anti-coup protesters were seen rushing a bullet-hit injured protester to the hospital; Photo: Collected
At least 20 more people have been killed in clashes between security forces and protesters in Myanmar. So far, 180 people have been killed in the country since the military coup on February 1.
“20 people were killed in Monday’s violence,” said the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP). “The death toll is rising fatally.”
The Southeast Asian nation has been in turmoil since the military overthrew the democratic government and seized power. The protests are demanding the release of detainee protesters, including political leaders, and the return of democracy.
According to The Guardian, thousands of protesters have been arrested, including Myanmar’s state leader Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint. Security forces fired tear gas, rubber bullets and fresh shots to suppress the protest.
Meanwhile, anti-China hatred is on the rise in Myanmar. Suspicion is growing as the country fails to condemn the military coup. The people of the country also think that “Beijing has a hand behind the coup”. As a result, anger was building among the people for several weeks.
Thousands of anti-coup protesters have been seen protesting in front of the Chinese embassy in Yangon. However, the people are now taking ‘direct action’ with the protest. They set fire to China-belonging businesses and mills in Myanmar cities.
Dozens of factories have already been set on fire. However, the Chinese authorities have been moved by the actions of the protesters. They called for ensuring the security of businesses and factories as well as providing security to their citizens. They also called for identifying and punishing the arsonists.
Myanmar’s military coup is being considered as an “internal crisis” as per China’s foreign policy. Beijing has also objected to the Security Council issuing anti-coup statements.
Myanmar protesters believe that China has the “support” of the February 1 coup. According to The Irrawaddy, a number of Chinese-funded factories in the commercial capital and Yangon have been targeted by anti-coup activists.
Protesters set fire to several Chinese-funded factories in Hlaingthaya, one of Yangon’s industrial hubs, on Sunday. Several other factories also caught fire in the same area on Monday morning.
Source: The Guardian