The military junta has declared martial law in Hlaing Tharyar and its neighbouring Townships since March 15 after Chinese factories were damage. Life for residents of Townships under martial law are restless. Gunshots were heard throughout the day and military trucks were seen in the streets.
“Here is like a war zone, they are shooting everywhere,” a labour organizer in the area told the media, Reuters, adding that most residents were too frightened to go outside.
On the next day after the martial law was declared, thousands of residents fled away from this industrial zone and decided to go back to their home villages as they are fears of further bloodshed with the heavy presence of military forces. The limit of internet access and electricity blackout made the night of Myanmar much darker.
However, the repression and violence continue to escalate. For several Townships in Yangon especially for those under martial law. Civilians are being captured and threaten by the soldiers to serve as porters, forced to clear barricades at gunpoint. On the other hand, the state media is claiming that people are “helping” military to take down the barricades.
Also, starting from today Myanmar has become a nation without newspapers as the last independent newspaper is being suspended. It is well noted that over 33 journalists have been arrested.
Reflecting on what the loss of Myanmar’s last news publication means for the country, Si thu Aung Myint concluded: “As a nation without newspapers, we are now in the dark ages.”
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere – Martin Luther King Jr.
Enough is Enough!! To bring Justice for Myanmar is crucial for the international and regional peace and democracy. Statements by United Nations and international communities are enough, the dead bodies are enough. Myanmar needs answer and tangible actions.
Today is like yesterday, everyday brings the tragic stories and scenes fill with cry, and mourning for the death heroes. Surely, another innocent young life being killed and another doors of house being smashed and people inside being persecuted. Myanmar civilians are facing crimes against humanity executed by the military regime. The mobile data is already cut off and Military announced to cut the internet wifi until further notice.
Myanmar’s military regime continue to use deadly violence. The draft of the constitution was released by the civilian government (CPRH) . According to people from Hlaing Tharyar township, armed goons are raiding into streets and continuously shooting with guns so the residents can’t get out and ask for help. Due to the internet blackout, residents can’t report situation too. The military set fire to a residential area in Hlaing Tharyar Township, and other two townships in Yangon. Eleven young workers from a teashop in Hlaing township were arrested this afternoon without a cause and people are used as forced labour. In some townships in Yangon, some children are portered by the soldiers. According to the news from Myanmar Now, several townships in Yangon and Mandalay, the soldiers used arm and forced the to remove blockades or “they will shoot everyone no matter who put up”.
A United Nations-backed team of investigators recommends Myanmar civilians who receive orders to commit acts against international law to come forward with evidence that can be used to impeach leaders.
The Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (CRPH) get rid of all ethnic armed organization from the list of terrorist organisations or illegal associations.
The Global R2P Monitoring Group has listed Myanmar as one of the countries that should be protected by the R2P. Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect Executive Director, Dr. Simon Adams, urged the international community though the interview with BBC, to act on the situation in a multitude of ways, including sanctions, the elimination of development aid . He asked for the regional governments to take tangible actions for solving the crisis and the need to refer the situation to the International Criminal Court.
In the early morning of February 1, when the newly elected members of parliament were supposed to gather at the parliament for forming a new civilian government, the Myanmar military leaders overthrew Aung San Suu Kyi ‘s elected government, and they detained members of the National League for Democracy (NLD) government and party, along with lots of politicians, activists and students. Aung San Suu Kyi has placed her under house arrest, charging her with possessing illegal walkie-talkies and violating the country’s Natural Disaster Law and President U Win Myint for breaking COVID-related health guidelines back in September 2020 . The overwhelmed victory of the NLD in the elections with 396 out of 476 seats; six more than at the previous election in 2015. On the other side, the military-affiliated Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), obtained 33 seats. According to this dispute, the military launched the coup because Military was afraid of loosing control over the country’s legislative decision-making powers. Following the election results, Military claimed the NLD’s November 8 ,2020 election win was tainted by irregularities and it declared a one-year state of emergency. The Military coup brought an immediate end to a decade-long, prohibited democratic opening that improved freedoms for citizens, civil society and independent media in Myanmar. Military junta’s continues by appointing more cabinet positions, national and states and region governing councils.
People ‘s powerful responses/tactics against the military dictatorship
Military coup happened so sudden and it took less than 6 hours to take over the whole government body and in less than 24 hours, the new president was appointed without the people vote. Following the military coup, people were devastated, and felt hopeless with uncertainty and into an unknown future. Start from day two of Military coup, people started showed ways to against the military dictatorship following with the multiple peaceful campaigns; notably one initiated by doctors in Mandalay who refuses to go to work starting 3rd February 2021 to stop the governing system. People responded by showing civil disobedience, civil servants such as doctors, engineers, teachers and others refused to show up to work, while the public has shown their support towards such civil disobedience. Yangon has filled with candle lights and thundering noises of hitting pots and pans as a sign of resistance. The people, without guiding force, demonstrated their abhorrence towards military dictatorship and their admiration towards the elected members of the parliament and the legitimate government. Within days, however, the public responded with mass protests that spread to all segments of society, and up to now people are keep hitting pots and pans, and people stop contributing towards the military dictators by boycotting the militaries own companies and products. The civil disobedience campaign draws attention from all walks of life – medics, nurses, teachers, students, writers, artists, poets, housewives, and all have joined in the movement. People are resisting and rejecting military rule by all means.
What is happening?
Myanmar remains extremely volatile, with troops employed in all major cities and daily large-scale protests across the country. The security forces have recklessly used tear gas, water cannon, rubber bullets, stun grenades and live ammunition against protesters, killing over 202 people and over 2,400 protestors have been arbitrarily arrested since the military seized the power, according to the report of Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP). Overnight incursions on the homes of activists, as well as beatings and arrests, have been widespread. At least three political captives have tortured to death in incarceration.
The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Tom Andrews, said that cruelties perpetrated by the military may aggregate to crimes against humanity on March 11.
Regime’s brutal terror cannot paralyze the bravery of fearless people. The anger of the civilian is becoming stranger and transforms to courage and creativity which send the message to regime repetitively “We will never fall, we must win”. “Junta can kill only the physical body, you can never kill the spirt and courage of people’’.
The number of fallen heroes in Myanmar last night as various sources reported has reached a shocking number of 148. The number of fatalities in Hlaing Tharyar reported 59 deaths, with confirmed information from hospitals.
“Boycott China” campaign has started to take place again as people are showing their disagreement with the statement that Chinese Embassy issued, people refused to purchase Chinese products.
As a result of Chinese statement, the military has imposed martial law in Hlaing Tharyar and Shwepyithar Townships and has extended for four more townships of Yangon and also urban Mandalay areas this morning. Such laws are being imposed by the military with the purpose to justify the illegal killings. Local citizens living near Bayint Naung Bridge reported that the military set fire to destroy the barricades created by civilians to prevent soldiers from entering their townships. Our beloved hometown has turned into a complete warzone full of bloodsheds and toxic fumes from burning tires and gasoline.
Despite the extreme crackdown on yesterday, residents of Hlaing Tharyar continue to show their spirits and faiths as they took to the street in large groups showing their stands. In addition, the military also ordered internet service providers (ISPs) to cut off mobile internet network nationwide, and only allowed Wi-Fi internet. Such tactics limit and slow down the information flow on Facebook, which is the major source for protestors going live or sharing situation promptly. Civilians are worried if the military were committing more crimes during the internet outrage.
Our people are being put under unknown danger every single day but we must rise above all, freedom from fear is the only fear we are fighting for.
It has been 42 days of the illegal Military coup, today is the bloodiest day so far. Nationwide protests are still moving powerfully, but so are the brutal attacks by the Military. The Military regime committed the barbaric acts and use of deadly force to the peaceful protestors and the estimated death rate were around 100 with the highest number of death in Hlaing Tharyar township and Thingangyun Township in Yangon, and other cities across Myanmar. Hlaing Tharyar township was full of tear gas, smoke, and bullets. Three factories were burned down by the Military in Hlaing Tharyar townships where most of the industries zone are situated. More streets and obstacles were set fire in other townships such as North Okkalapa and Thingangyun before crackdowns took place. The military dictatorship issued an announcement of Martial Law in two townships where the Chinese factories are located. That happened after the Chinese embassy issued a statement urging the murderous military to take effective actions against Myanmar.
‘’Every citizen has the right to defend themselves, and that such defence acts are not crimes’.’ – Official statement released by the Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (CRPH).
The intensification of today’s crackdown by the military indicates that tomorrow may be a worse day for the innocent civilians, but the people will resist the military coup and ultimately the fearless people will win.