Mass rallies in Myanmar in 'Five Twos revolution' despite junta's warning of 'loss of life'

Mass rallies in Myanmar in ‘Five Twos revolution’ despite junta’s warning of ‘loss of life’

“The strong showing today across towns and cities in Myanmar proves our unity and desire [for democracy] and this will surely spell trouble for the junta,” said a young woman identified as May, who was among the crowds at Hledan junction, a popular protest spot. 

The Southeast Asian nation’s continuing cries for democracy to be restored after the February 1 military coup ousted the civilian government have found strong support within the international community. 

European Union ministers met in Brussels on Monday and agreed to sanction the Myanmar military over its seizure of power and to withhold some development aid, the bloc’s top envoy said.

“We took the political agreement to apply sanctions targeting the military responsible for the coup and their economic interests,” foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said.

“All direct financial support from our development system to the government reform programmes is withheld,” he added.

On Sunday, Tom Andrews, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, tweeted that he was “deeply concerned” by the military’s threats. “Warning to the junta: Unlike 1988, actions by security forces are being recorded & you will be held accountable,” he said.     

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