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A monitoring group says security forces have killed close to 90 people across the country, including several children, in what is being described as "a new low" for the regime.
The military regime has struggled to achieve international recognition since taking control of Myanmar, and it said that only eight international delegations attended Saturday's event, including China and Russia.
A University of Oslo sociologist called the Civil Disobedience Movement an exemplary response to the military's power grab that could "inspire other non-violent pro-democracy movements elsewhere at a time when democracy is under pressure from authoritarian forces".
"So many people die in Myanmar by the guns of the military," Han Lay, who is in Bangkok competing for the Miss Grand International crown, told Thai media. "Please save us," she called to the world.
At about 4 am Friday, an attacker hurled a Molotov cocktail at the National League for Democracy headquarters in Yangon, causing a brief fire that was put "under control" within an hour, a party official said.
Frustrated by the disruptive success of the Civil Disobedience Movement, the military regime has resorted to legal threats and forced evictions in an attempt to coerce striking civil servants back to work – but it doesn’t seem to be working.
The Central Bank of Myanmar has started issuing weekly fines ranging from K2 million to K30 million to local private banks that continue to keep branches shut, as reopening slowly gathers pace.
As people crowded onto streets to chant down military rule, the Civil Disobedience Movement quietly dismantled the junta’s ability to test, treat, and inoculate against the coronavirus; many call that a success.