Demonstrators in Myanmar's biggest city came out Monday night for their first mass protests in defiance of an 8 p.m. curfew, seeking to show support for an estimated 200 students trapped by security forces in a small area of one neighborhood.
Protesters hold homemade shields during a demonstration against the Myanmar military coup in Yangon on Monday. 📷 STR / AFP
Ratcheting up pressure on the coup junta, Myanmar labor unions have "issued a joint call for a nationwide work stoppage beginning Monday, with the goal of a 'full, extended shutdown of the Myanmar economy.'”
Trying to fight the massive civil-disobedience movement, the Myanmar junta is now threatening to fire civil servants if they don't return to work by Monday. That's hardly going to win converts to the legitimacy of the coup.
Myanmar’s anti-coup protesters are holding their largest mass rally yet on Monday after riot police shot 2 demonstrators dead on the weekend. Here’s the scene in the south-eastern city of Dawei. More: #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar #Feb22Coup
A draft suggests that the European Union next Monday will order imposition of targeted sanctions on the military leaders of Myanmar's coup--an important statement of outrage and an effort to squeeze the junta's economic support.
The latest from Myanmar: "Demonstrators again returned to the streets of major cities on Monday despite security forces deploying armored vehicles." "Internet services have been restored...after an eight-hour blackout."
Many journalists in Myanmar have gone into hiding, fearful of arrest following Monday's military coup, as popular resistance mounts to this overthrow of their democracy, and the military tries to crack down.
LOOK: Myanmar protesters residing in Japan rally against Myanmar's military at United Nations University in Tokyo, on Monday, February 1, after it seized power from a democratically elected civilian government and arrested its leader Aung San Suu Kyi. 📷: Issei Kato/Reuters