Myanmar Junta Warns Citizens Against Planned Coup Anniversary Protest

Myanmar’s military junta has told citizens to avoid participating in protests planned to mark the one-year anniversary of the coup and threatened to file charges of sedition and terrorism.

Activists in Myanmar have planned a “silent strike” on Tuesday and have called on citizens to stay at home between 10 am and 4 pm then bang pots to protest the coup a year ago. 

At least 13 shop owners, eight from Yangon and five from Mandalay,  who were allegedly going to close down for the protests have been arrested in less than 48 hours after they were tagged by junta supporters. 

The shops whose owners were arrested had been closed and were plastered with a notice saying “This land/building is sealed off for supporting terrorist CRPH [Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw], NUG [National Unity Government] and PDF [People’s Defense Force].” 

Shop owners were also reportedly asked to sign contracts stating that they will open on February 1.

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