Riot police and two trucks carrying water cannons lined up at Yangon University in Myanmar on Saturday. Military propaganda was circulating on the state-controlled MRTV television channel, and communications with the outside world were cut off after the military cut off internet access in large parts of the country.
“They think they can take the world out and do whatever they like,” said Phil Robertson, deputy director of Human Rights Watch’s Asia branch. Watchman.
But the military action, which on Monday seized the country’s chancellor Aung San Suu Kyi and took control of the country, did not stop the protesters from taking to the streets.
Several thousand people advanced to Yangon University, wore red headbands, the colors of the National Democratic Union, and raised three fingers in the air – a Thai pro-democracy gesture.
According to the Guardian newspaper, they chanted, “Down with the military dictatorship.”
Sued for importing walkie-talkies
Many of them also uploaded photos and pictures of Aung San Suu Kyi and demanded her release. On Wednesday, she was formally charged with violating the country’s import rules by taking six walkie-talkies with her.
At the same time, many of her allies were arrested. President Win Myint is suspected of violating coronary artery restrictions, and Aung San Suu Kyi’s financial advisor Sean Tornell told Reuters on Saturday that he would also be arrested.