new Delhi: Protests have begun in Myanmar following the government coup by the military. Hundreds of teachers and students took to the streets in Yangon to protest against the army’s move. The army arrested Aung San Suu Kyi’s key aide on Friday. Since then, there is anger among students.
Teachers belonging to a Myanmar University dressed in colors of Suu’s NLD party and students shouted Long Live Mother Soo’s waving three-finger pose. The military had earlier arrested 79-year-old NLD senior leader Vin Hetin. He is regarded as a key ally of Suu Kyi.
Reports said at least 200 teachers and students from the University of Dagen, Yangon, organized a rally where they displayed a three-finger salute from Thailand’s democracy movement.
According to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), more than 130 officers and legalists have been detained following the coup in the early hours of Monday. The army has shut down internet services in the country and shut down Facebook, arresting pro-democracy activists. The coup has drawn worldwide criticism. However, the UNSC condemned it in a meeting on Thursday following the intervention of China and Russia.
President Joe Biden urged the military to “relinquish power” and said advocates, activists and officials should be detained. It is noteworthy that Aung Suu Kyi has received the Nobel Peace Prize. He has fought a long fight for democracy in Myanmar.