Civil Disobedience Campaigns Launch in Myanmar as Military Rule Grows

The National League for Democracy (NLD) party in Myanmar, as well as activists and medical workers, have begun civil disobedience campaigns to protest the military takeover and the arrest of leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

In a statement posted on Facebook, NLD member May Win Myint said that the executive committee of the party urged the military to acknowledge the results of the elections held last Nov. 8, to which the military has been alleging electoral fraud, leading to the coup last Feb. 1.

The statement also called for the immediate release of party leader Aung San Suu Kyi who the military detained last Feb. 1, along with other top government officials.

Medical workers from dozens of hospitals have planned to go on strike starting on Feb. 3 to protest against the military, who previously ruled the Southeast Asian country for nearly five decades — from 1962 to 2011.

BBC News reported that one doctor has resigned in protest.

“I resigned because I couldn’t work under a military dictator who did not care about the country and the people. This is the best response I can give to them,” Dr. Naing Htoo Aung told BBC News.

“Such coups cannot be tolerated at all,” the doctor also said.

Meanwhile, some health workers wear black ribbons in silent protest.

In the city of Yangon, residents made noise by banging metal pots and pans and honking car horns as a symbolic protest against the military on the evening of Feb. 2.

Youth and student groups, including the Yangon Youth Network, also started civil disobedience campaigns.

The military handed power to Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, the armed forces commander-in-chief, who said during the first meeting of his cabinet on Feb. 2 that the military takeover was “inevitable.”

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