On the anniversary of the Myanmar coup… the army extends the state of emergency and the demonstrators stage a strike
The Myanmar Defense and Security Council announced the extension of the state of emergency in the country for a period of 6 months until the end of next July, at a time when protesters organized an “anti-coup strike” across the country on Tuesday, to commemorate the first anniversary of its occurrence.
Myanmar’s acting president, Myint Soe, approved the extension of the state of emergency at the request of the army chief, Min Aung Liang, according to a statement broadcast by the state channel, which quoted the army chief as saying that violence is still continuing in some areas.
In a context related to these developments and coinciding with the first anniversary of the military coup, the demonstrators organized separate protests on Tuesday morning in different cities across the country, chanting slogans calling for freedom and justice.
strike and threat
Civilians from different cities joined the “silent strike” to protest the anniversary of the coup, which led to the closure of the business sector and the emptiness of the streets in an attempt to challenge the coup.
Activists called on citizens to stay in homes, and to close shops and factories today, Tuesday, while the military council threatened to arrest anyone participating in the silent strike.
On the other hand, a UN official said – today, Tuesday – that the United Nations is examining reports that more than a thousand people were killed in Myanmar during the past year in circumstances that may bear the character of crimes against humanity or war crimes.
The head of the Independent Investigation Mechanism on Myanmar, Nicholas Kumjian, said security forces had detained thousands of civilians in circumstances that included “credible” allegations of forced detention, torture, sexual violence and even killings in custody.
Komjian explained – in a statement – “The mechanism is working hard to establish and document facts that prove these reports in order to determine whether these crimes have been committed, and if they were committed, to determine who is criminally responsible, and to prepare files that can facilitate trial processes.”
“A large amount of reports and materials related to these events have already been collected,” he added, noting that investigations into serious international crimes “are always a challenge.”
“It usually takes a long time and sufficient resources to prepare good cases,” he said.
On Monday, a well-informed source said that a Myanmar court will begin the trial of ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi on February 14, alleging election fraud, after she was accused of influencing the 2020 elections to win a second term.
And Reuters news agency quoted a source, who requested anonymity due to the sensitivity of the topic, that Sochi, 76, the Nobel Peace Prize winner is accused of influencing the electoral commission at the time of the poll, and her ally, former President Win Myint, and former Cabinet member Min Tho are facing the accusation. Himself.
The three face three years in prison and a fine if found guilty. This is in addition to another set of lawsuits filed against Sochi, in which the maximum combined sentences are more than 100 years.
Sochi was arrested hours before the February 1, 2021 coup, and critics of the ruling military council say the accusations against her were trumped up to ensure that she does not return to political life.
The military seized power in Myanmar, arresting the civilian head of government and a group of officials, leading to violence in most parts of the country.