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Myanmar Protesters Hold Silent Strike as Opposition Announces National Unity Government

Pro-democracy protesters in Myanmar held a “silent strike” on Friday calling for people to stay at home to mourn those who were killed in the crackdowns against protests, as elected lawmakers forming the Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (CRPH) announced the formation of its interim National Unity Government. 

“Let’s make the roads silent,” said protest leader Ei Thinzar Maung on Facebook. 

“We have to stage a Silent Strike to show our sorrow for the martyrs who have sacrificed their lives. The most silent voice is the loudest,” Maung added.

The protest was held as the CRPH announced the members of its interim cabinet on Friday, including a president, state counsellor, vice-president, prime minister, ministers and deputy ministers, Myanmar Now reported. 

Ousted State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint retained their posts, but both are still under military custody.

Maung is one of the appointed cabinet members by the CRPH, the youngest at 26 serving as deputy to Naw Susanna Hla Hla Soe, appointed Minister of Women, Youth and Children’s Affairs.

The Civil Disobedience Movement on Twitter wrote, “If the international community truly wants to show their support towards Myanmar people, recognize the National Unity Government formed by @CrphMyanmar. It’s your turn now.” 

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