Protesters in Myanmar applauded Monday in a recent protest rally against the military junta, as regional organizations prepare for talks on the issue, which has killed at least 600 people.
Clapping began in various parts of the capital city, Yangon, at 5:00 pm (1030 GMT) in response to a call from protesters, residents said.
The move will honor “Genocide National Defense Forces and the Gen Z Z Youth Defense Force from Myanmar including Yangon who are fighting the protests … on our behalf,” wrote Ei Thinzar Maung, a Facebook protest leader.
Although at least 564 people have been killed by security forces since February 1, protesters have been marching daily, often in small groups in small towns, protesting against the overthrow of the elected government led by Aung San Suu Kyi and the return of the military regime.
The group, which some protesters call the “spring revolution”, has staged a street march, a campaign of public disobedience and protests organized by the people.
In addition to the roadblocks, the junta sought to suppress the campaign by shutting down wireless broadband services and mobile information services.
On Monday, one person was killed in central Sagaing when security forces disrupted a protest, Myanmar Now newspaper reported. Earlier, protesters carried placards with Suu Kyi’s placards and placards marching through the second-largest city of Mandalay, photos posted on social media.
Brunei, chairman of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN), posted his support on Monday after a meeting of regional leaders at Myanmar.
Following talks between Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Brunei said both countries had asked ministers and their officials to make “necessary arrangements for a meeting to be held at the ASEAN Secretariat office in Jakarta, Indonesia.”
ASEAN operates in unison, but differing views of its members on how to respond to attacks on Myanmar troops by the people and the party’s policy of non-interference have limited its ability to act.
Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Singapore have all expressed fears for the killing of protesters and have supported an emergency meeting in Myanmar. Apart from Brunei, other ASEAN members are Myanmar itself, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia.
The United States and other Western countries have condemned the violence and demanded the release of Suu Kyi, a 1991 Nobel Peace Prize winner in her campaign against the military. He has been charged with felony criminal mischief with the intent of imprisonment for 14 years.
Junta denies UN envoy
Junta said on Monday that comments last week by UN Special Envoy Christine Schraner Burgener about the upcoming “bloodshed” in Myanmar were inaccurate and misleading.
“Ms. Burgener’s remarks contradict the fundamental principles of the monarchy, and that the United Nations is intended to work for international peace and stability,” the announcement was made in Myanmar’s state-run Global New Light newspaper.
Schraner Burgener told the 15-member UN Security Council on March 31 that he should look into “significant action” to reverse events as “bloodshed is approaching,” according to UN News.
The junta said the remarks were “very different from the realities and could delay and undermine the efforts of the State Executive Council to establish a just and directed racial democracy”.
This collapse and subsequent attacks have led to Western military sanctions and its lucrative businesses.
Fitch Solutions said on Monday Myanmar’s economic forecast would be 20% of the deal for the financial year that began in October, instead of the 2% seen before the state.
Foreign pressure is mounting in the military to curb the violence, with some countries calling for an end to violence and the release of all detainees, while others are calling for talks and a new election soon.
A total of 2 667 people have been arrested under the council, the Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) said on Monday.
The municipality over the weekend announced arrest warrants for about 60 celebrities, social media promoters, beauticians and artists on charges of inciting violence.
The military, which ruled with an iron fist for the first time in 100 years until 2011, also saw the fight against small armed nations ruling at least on both sides, threatening the country’s fear of conflict and instability.