From city centers to ancient capital, protesters denounce Myanmar coup By Reuters

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(Reuters) – Protesters were back in Myanmar on Thursday, from busy intersections in central Yangon to the former capital Bagan, people from all walks of life marched to denounce the Feb. 1 coup and arrest. of the elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi. . The daily protests and strikes that have paralyzed many government offices show no signs of calm despite the board’s promise of a new election and calls for public officials to go back to work and threats of action if they do not. Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of the commercial capital, Yangon, a day after some of the biggest protests against the coup. On Thursday, large crowds returned to Yangon’s central Sule Pagoda, others to another favorite protest site at an intersection near the main university campus. The street marches have been more peaceful than the bloody repressed demonstrations seen during the previous half-century of army rule, but they and the civil disobedience movement have had a crippling effect on many official affairs. Many motorists in Rangoon drove at a snail’s pace in a demonstration of opposition to the coup, a day after many pretended to be shot down to block police and military vehicles. “I don’t want to wake up in a dictatorship. We don’t want to live the rest of our lives in fear,” said Ko Soe Min, a protester in a slow car. “I will be happy if government officials are late for work or cannot show up.” In the second-largest city of Mandalay, protesters demonstrated to demand the release of two officials arrested in the coup, and in the former capital of Bagan, people with banners and flags marched in colorful processions against a backdrop of temples. ancient. Some protesters in Bagan stopped at a temple to curse dictators, a witness said. Ending the civil disobedience campaign appears to be the military government’s priority. Late on Wednesday, the board issued arrest warrants for six celebrities, including film directors, actors and a singer, under an anti-incitement law, for encouraging public officials to join the protest. The charges can carry a two-year prison term. “It‘s amazing to see the unity of our people. The power of the people must return to the people,” actor Lu Min, who was on the board’s ‘wanted list’, posted defiantly on his Facebook page (NASDAQ 🙂 . An activist group that monitors social media said that since February 9, the posts had shown some form of protest in about 90% of cities and towns across the country. The military says that the majority of the people back their actions. TARGET TRAIN SERVICES Train services were severely disrupted and, after dark on Wednesday, security forces in Mandalay engaged striking railroad workers, opened fire with rubber bullets and catapults and threw stones, residents said . A charity worker was wounded in the leg by a rubber bullet. Neither the army nor the police made any immediate comment on the incident, but the army’s Facebook page said forces were providing security across the country to “make sure people have peace of mind and sound sleep.” The number of people known to have been detained since the coup had reached 495 on Wednesday, the Myanmar Political Prisoners Assistance Association said in a statement. He said 460 remained in custody. Stopping Myanmar’s tentative transition to democracy, the army took power after the electoral commission rejected its allegations of fraud in the November 8 elections won by Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD), which it provoked the ire of western countries and local protests. Opponents of the coup are deeply skeptical of the junta’s promises to hand over power after a new election for which no date has yet been set. Nobel Peace Prize winner Suu Kyi, detained since the coup, now faces one charge of violating a Natural Disaster Management Act, as well as charges of illegally importing six walkie talkie radios. His next court appearance is scheduled for March 1. Suu Kyi, 75, spent nearly 15 years under house arrest for her efforts to bring democracy. The army says a policeman died from injuries sustained in a protest. A protester who was shot in the head during a protest in the capital Naypyitaw is being kept on life support, but doctors say she is not expected to survive.