BANGKOK, 8 Feb – RIA Novosti. Tens of thousands of people are taking part in protests against military seizure in Myanmar, which have been going on for the third day in a row, when police used water cannons to disperse demonstrators, the Mizzima news portal reported on its Twitter account on Monday.
The water cannons were used in the capital of Myanmar, Naypyidaw. The portal publishes photographs of a demonstration in the capital and the use of water cannons. There is no information about the victims yet.
The Irrawaddy news portal publishes videos of mass demonstrations taking place simultaneously in Yangon, Myanmar's largest city and former capital, and Mandalay's second largest city. The portal notes that in Mandalay, in the first three days of protests, Buddhist monks joined the demonstrations, playing a significant role in the life of the population of Myanmar.
The Ayeyarwady also publishes videos of Monday's demonstrations in many other cities and regions across the country, including Karen State, where protesters staged a mass march to the state government headquarters, Mon state and other states.
နေပြည်တော် သ ပြေ ကုန် အဝိုင်းမှ ဆန္ဒပြ အဖွဲ များကို မီးသတ် ပိုက် နဲ့ ထိုးပြီး လူစု ခွဲ
ဓာတ်ပုံ – Aung Khin Min pic.twitter.com/S4DVtKUSFT
– Mizzima News (@MizzimaNews) February 8, 2021
The Mizzima portal reports about three hundred thousand protesters in the city of Pakokku, located in the Mague region, near the ancient capital of Myanmar, Bagan (Pagan), but the portal does not name the source of this information.
The demands of the demonstrators are the same in all cities: the first session of the parliament of the new convocation, whose deputies were elected in the general elections on November 8, and the release of the leaders of the state – President U Win Myint and State Councilor (de facto Prime Minister) Aung San Suu Kyi, who are in Naypyidaw under house arrest. Demonstrators shout slogans: “Freedom to the arrested leaders!”, “Down with the military dictatorship!”, “Long live democracy!”
On the morning of February 1, a few hours before the opening of the first session of the new parliament, elected in the November 8 general elections, the Myanmar military arrested government leaders, including the president and state adviser. Other members of the government were also arrested, as well as many MPs from the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) party and senior government officials who are members of or associated with the NLD. Earlier, the military accused the national electoral commission and the NLD of electoral fraud.
On the afternoon of February 1, the military pledged its commitment to a multi-party democratic system and pledged to hold elections after the end of the state of emergency, which was imposed across the country for a period of one year. Most of the arrested NLD MPs and party officials were released on February 3-5, but NLD government leaders, including ousted Myanmar President U Win Myint and NLD leader and State Councilor Aung San Suu Kyi remain under house arrest.