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Myanmar in turmoil 100 days after military coup Updated: 2021-05-11 09:55:52 KST

Demonstrators in Myanmar hold up three fingers as a symbol of unity, and pro-democracy chants fill the streets.
Since the military coup 100 days ago, hundreds of people have been brutally killed on these streets and some in their homes.
Protestors have organized armed groups they call "people's defence forces" to protect civilians from the military.
But since the coup, the nation's economy has been in freefall.
The World Bank predicts that Myanmar's GDP will backtrack 10 percent this year.
In that regard, the military's internet restrictions have been no help.
A former UN official, noting the damage done, says nearly 13-percent of companies in Myanmar have stopped doing business entirely.

"Political instability had a stronger negative impact on companies in just two months than a whole year of the pandemic."

International sanctions led by the EU and the U.S. have stepped up pressure on the junta.
The leaders from ASEAN held a summit on the Myanmar crisis last month.
The five-point statement they issued, calling for an end to the violence, yielded no commitment from the coup leaders.
But some say this was a tentative starting point.

"The international community must act now to prevent this from happening. The world must recognise the historic and inter-ethnic Government of National Unity as the only legitimate government, while pressuring the military with sanctions, an arms embargo and a push for justice."

Above all, she said, this means never giving recognition to the junta through international organizations like the UN.
An activist from Burma, speaking anonymously, said that the coup will eventually lead to civil war.

"More people are believing that civil war is eventually the only option left. Civil war is indeed not the choice of the Burmese people. But that's what the military regime wants it to look like."

Since the coup more than 38-hundred people have been arrested, charged or sentenced and more than 780 people have been killed, including children as young as six.
Choi Won-jong, Arirang News.
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