Myanmar Protests Focus on Junta’s Economic Support

2/18/2021

Three-quarters of the country’s civil servants are on strike, all private banks are closed, and the protests have weakened the economy significantly. Railway workers began their strike on Sunday, joining a civil disobedience movement against the February 1 coup that ousted the elected civilian government of Aung San Suu Kyi.

The military junta has said it took over—after detaining Suu Kyi and other leaders and preventing Parliament from convening—because elections last November were tainted by voting irregularities. The election outcome, which Suu Kyi’s party won by a landslide, was affirmed by an election commission that has since been replaced by the military. The junta says it will hold new elections in a year’s time.

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Associated Press