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General strike grips Myanmar as military warns 'loss of life' Updated: 2021-02-22 15:27:30 KST

Businesses in Myanmar shut on Monday as owners and employees went on strike to oppose the military coup.

"We are all here because we would like to show that we are in the same boat as the people who sacrificed their lives during the protests. We will close all of our shops and come here to protest on the streets against the military dictatorship."

The call for the nationwide strike was made the day before by the Civil Disobedience Movement, a loosely organized group leading the resistance to the army’s takeover.
They asked people to gather for the so-called 'Five Twos' referring to the Monday's date, February 22nd.
Ahead of the mass strike, Myanmar's military warned the protesters that they will (quote) "suffer loss of life".
But despite the chilling message, thousands of anti-coup protesters gathered in towns and cities.

"Today is a day for nationwide protest. We don't want to stay under the control of a military dictatorship. So, we came here to join the protest regardless of the salaries we make. We don't want to be the military's slaves."

Following the two deaths over the weekend from protests in the country's second largest city, where the police used tear gas and water cannons the U.S. has vowed to take action.
On Sunday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Twitter that the U.S. will continue to take (quote) “firm action” against the Myanmar authorities responsible for violence against the opponents of the military coup.
He also added that the U.S. stands with the people of Myanmar.
The nationwide calls for democracy in Myanmar have left at least four people dead and more than a hundred injured.
Bae Eun-ji, Arirang News.
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