Medical staff to strike as anger at Myanmar military grows after coup

Medical staff to strike as anger at Myanmar military grows after coup
Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: Resistance to the military takeover in Myanmar is growing, with residents of the country’s biggest city Yangon banging pots and pans, and honking car horns. Medical staff in several major cities are planning strikes against the coup, while activists are calling for a campaign of civil disobedience.

Some medical staff are resorting to wearing symbols in silent protest.

However, the military appears firmly in control.

Calls are growing for the release of trhe country’s elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who has not been seen since her detention.

Over 100 lawmakers had been detained by the military in their accommodation in the capital, Nay Pyi Taw, but have now been told they can leave.

The military coup took place in early hours of Monday and it declared a year-long state of emergency after accusing Ms Suu Kyi’s party of fraud over its recent election win.

Her party National League for Democracy (NLD) has demanded her immediate release. NLD also called upon the military to accept the results of the November election, which saw the Suu Kyi’s party win more than 80% of the votes.

However, the military has appointed a new chief of police and election commission. The previous commission found no evidence of voter fraud in the last election.

Myanmar was ruled by the armed forces until 2011, when a nominally civilian government was sworn in.

Myanmar was calm in the aftermath of the coup, with troops patrolling all major cities across the country and a night-time curfew in force. Communications systems disrupted by the coup returned by Tuesday morning.

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