Police Used Water Cannon on Workers during Strike Against Military Coup
Myanmar Observed Its Largest Protest since 2007 Which Has Been Done In a Peaceful Manner
The police department in the capital city of the Asian country of Myanmar, Nay Pyi Taw, has recently used water cannons on the working individuals that have been conducting a strike nationwide against the country’s military coup. Thousands of individuals throughout the country are taking part in the street protests and strikes against the military coup, which have been going on for the last three days. The public demonstration calls for the release of the recently elected leader of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi, along with the restoring of the democracy of the nation.
The state television, which has also been affected due to the military coup, has given a public warning to the multiple street protests and demonstrators that strict action would be taken against those people if they would be threatening the safety of the public or going against the rules of law of the country.
The warning was provided by the military forces after Myanmar observed the largest protest across the country in more than ten years. In the past week, the armed forces of Myanmar were able to seize all power of the country in a military coup after claiming that the results of recently held elections of the country have been fraudulent, without having evidential proof to prove their point.
After the stroke of luck with the military coup, it has been announced that the entire country of Myanmar is now under a state of emergency for a whole year, and all the governing power of Myanmar has been handed to the commander-in-chief of the armed forces Min Aung Hlaing.
Ms. Suu Kyi, along with the senior leaders of her elected party National League of Democracy, has been put under house arrest from now onwards. The President of Myanmar, Win Myint, has also been reported to be under supervised house arrest ordered after the military coup.
Street protests in Myanmar
At the start of the second week of the month of February, tens of thousands of individuals have been able to gather together in the city of Nay Pyi Taw for a public strike against the military coup; meanwhile, other cities of Myanmar, including Yangon and Mandalay have also reported a gathering of numerous people in a significant amount to take part in the street protests in response to the atrocious military coup.
The demonstrators include government workers, bank officers, lawyers, and teachers who are residents of the country in resistance to the military coup. One of the doctors present at the protest stated that on this day, especially those individuals who have been working as civil servants for the country, came together in response to show the military that they are together during this time, with the same objective in mind which is to remove the dictatorship obtained through a military coup.
One of the protestors which has been working at a garment factory said that the day of the protest is actually a working day, but he isn’t going to his workplace even if the firm cut his salary for the day. There have been multiple calls online asking people to skip their workplace for a day and join the strike against the military coup. Another protestor present at the public strike was seen alongside her children, nephews, and nieces on Monday. Upon asking, she said that numerous young individuals could also be seen during the protest against the military coup, as they are unable to accept the military junta. Even teenagers have also been seen protesting on the streets.
Peaceful public demonstrations
Aside from the several individuals who have been injured, no other violent act has been reported up till now during the strike against the military coup by the residents of Myanmar. To disperse large crowding in the capital city of Myanmar, the local police used large water cannon for their facility. A viral video has surfaced on social media that shows people rubbing their eyes and helping other individuals in the crowd after getting socked with the water at immense pressure.
The street protestors were completely socked with water cannons, which were installed on two vehicles without any prior warning to the people present, as they were peacefully demonstrating in front of the police present at the scene.
By the afternoon on Monday, the situation has become completely calm during the public demonstration, but the water cannon containing the vehicle were still present at the site along with the police force. Over the past weekend, the country of Myanmar has observed its biggest protest since the year 2007 at the time of the Saffron Revolution.