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Protests against the military coup and the detention of elected government members in Myanmar continued despite the “bloody” intervention of the security forces against the demonstrators yesterday.

Thousands of protesters gathered in Hledan Square, where demonstrations were held in Yangon, the most populous city in the country, and chanted slogans against the coup.

The protesters, who were dispersed as a result of the intervention of the security forces with tear gas and rubber bullets, gathered again later.

On the other hand, Tin Min Tun, one of the police chiefs, announced that he supported the protesters in a video he shared on social media.

Police Chief Tun said, “I don’t want to serve the current military regime. That’s why I decided to support the protesters by participating in civil disobedience actions.”

Protests yesterday

Security forces intervened harshly in the protests that took place in Yangon yesterday, and most of the protesters lost their lives in one day in the clashes that broke out.

In the statement made by the United Nations (UN), it was claimed that the number of protesters who lost their lives yesterday was 18.

Turkey condemned the disproportionate use of force by security forces against demonstrators.

Military coup in Myanmar

The Myanmar army seized the administration on February 1, after political groups close to it alleged fraud in the 8 November 2020 elections and the rising tension in the country.

While the army declared a state of emergency (state of emergency) for a year, many officials and ruling party leaders, including the Foreign Minister and de facto leader of the country, Aung San Suu Çii, were detained.

The UN and the European Union (EU), the international community has condemned the coup, mainly in Turkey, one of the countries that had the strongest reaction came. The USA had put the sanctions back on Myanmar on its agenda.

While the people started demonstrating to demand a return to democracy on February 6, the police intervened in places against the demonstrators. The army had decided to martial law in some cities.

On February 13, 7 people, including famous pro-democracy activists and a singer, were detained for making comments in support of the anti-coup protests on social media.


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