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Myanmar Activists Call For Civil Disobedience Campaign



Activists resisting Myanmar’s military junta called for a halt to paying electricity bills and agricultural loans from Monday.

Pro-democracy activists have called for an intensification of their efforts from Monday by refusing to pay electricity bills and agricultural loans, and for children to stop going to school.

All of us, people in townships, wards and then regions and states must work together to make a successful boycott against the military junta, activist Khant Wai Phyo said in a speech at a protest in the central town of Monywa on Sunday.

We don’t participate in their systems, we don’t cooperate with them.

A civil disobedience campaign of strikes has crippled the economy and raised the prospect of hunger, international aid agencies have warned.

Activists opposed to Myanmar’s military junta called on people to stop paying electricity bills and agricultural loans from Monday and to keep their children away from school, raising new doubts about a bid by a regional bloc to end a post-coup crisis.

Scattered protests took place in Myanmar’s big cities on Sunday, a day after Senior General Min Aung Hlaing reached an agreement at a summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Indonesia on steps to bring peace.

ASEAN draft statement on political prisoners manipulated

The junta chief did not submit to calls for the release of political prisoners, including the leader of the ousted civilian government, Aung San Suu Kyi, and the ASEAN accord lacked any timeline for ending the crisis.

A draft statement circulating the day before a Southeast Asian leaders’ summit on the Myanmar crisis included the release of political prisoners as one of its “consensus” points, said three sources familiar with the document.

But in the final statement at the end of Saturday’s meeting, the language on freeing political prisoners had been unexpectedly watered down and did not contain a firm call for their release, two of the sources said.

An activist monitoring group says 751 people have been killed by security forces as the generals unleashed lethal force in the face of sustained protests against their Feb. 1 coup.

Hundreds of protesters were on the streets in several towns on Monday, media reported. There were no immediate reports of violence.


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