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  • Myanmar state TV has warned that quote action will be taken against any protesters who break the law.

  • The announcement, coming as tens of thousands of people across the Southeast Asian nation have joined a third day of demonstrations after a military coup.

  • Police used water cannon in the capital to disperse protesters who are demanding the release of their leaders, including Hank Sang Suki.

  • One week on from the arrest of their elected leader, Myanmar has grown bolder.

  • Yeah, Protesters in the capital Napier door face police water cannons on Monday, blocking their path.

  • They're only weapons, a three finger salute which has come to represent the pro democracy movement.

  • In addition to the street protests, a nationwide strike began on Monday.

  • A campaign of civil disobedience has a while been growing louder, launched by medical personnel way, all our nurses from a government hospital and NGO.

  • Our goal is to help the civil disobedience movement succeed and ensure the military system fails.

  • We health workers are leading this campaign to urge all the government staff to join the C.

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  • Message.

  • The public is that we aim to completely abolish this military regime on we have to fight for our own destiny.

  • Protests have now spread across the country after the army chief seized power on February 1st, the military detained leader and Sans Souci and dozens of her party members accusing them of election fraud.

  • Demonstrators are demanding her release and the restoration of her government.

  • The rallies have so far been peaceful, unlike bloody crackdowns during widespread protests in previous decades.

  • But pressure is building, the protests are growing bolder and demonstrators continue to be met with a greater show of force from authorities.

  • And for more let's bring in you and Maya twat, who is an activist joining us from Mandalay in Myanmar.

  • Welcome to the program.

  • And thank you so much for joining us.

  • What have you been seeing Transpire there?

  • Yes, Um, they cut off all the, um, all of our Internet lines.

  • And even so, they cut off our, um they paid about social media, Facebook and Twitter in, and, uh, they want us not to spread the news that were protesting against them.

  • And even in the news right now, they announced in the national news that we people accept the military.

  • They released their releasing all the fox news on the news channel.

  • And that's why we are now in in every part of the country, in our country right now.

  • That is why we're peacefully protesting and doing, um, civilities opinions campaign all over the world, all about our country.

  • Okay, So peaceful protest.

  • But, you know, in the meantime, we've heard this warning from the military.

  • Um, they have promised quote action against any protesters who break the law.

  • Um, a clear warning to demonstrators there.

  • Does that make you nervous?

  • Um, actually, I might say yes because right now we, um we all know what they're doing.

  • And they have a group of people that they hire.

  • And even though they have some prisoners from the prison and that group of people, um, they were trying to trick us, um, by choosing violence.

  • And you can see in that group of people there some people from their site and they use the people thio against to do against the law and that what happened is that what really happened in that part of the country that they had a group of people and they started saying bad things through the police, and they do, um water bottle to the police and the police started shooting to the innocent people out there to Andi.

  • That's why that's really scared me.

  • And because I highly say that that they're not the citizens that off his believe protesting there just a group of people that they hired to do all these bad things to do.

  • Thio make us scared.

  • Okay, so So you believe that the military is behind that?

  • You know, we're seeing masses.

  • We've seen images, their masses of people taking to the streets even despite, you know, potentially facing consequences.

  • We've heard the threats from the military.

  • What do people in Myanmar want for their future?

  • Um, we want our elected government because we voted and we re voted because we trust them.

  • And, um and they right now, they way really want them to release her and our president, And also I would like to ask the government leaders to right, you know, they even from their own government, with all the people that we didn't focus for And that is why we're asking for our rights back.

  • And we want our democracy back and we want them to respect our boat and give us back our country's future back You and Maya twat joining us from Myanmar as we mentioned, you're one of the activists who's who's bravely taking to the streets, uh, to protest against this coup by the military in your country.

  • And we thank you so much for joining us to share that perspective.

  • And thank you so much for letting me in this program and spreading our news.

  • Thio, other part of the country does a lot to us.

  • Thank you so much for more of this story.

  • I'm now joined by Lorna, filmmaker and activist in the economic economic capital Yangon.

  • He's obscuring his face for safety reasons.

  • How our security forcing their handling, the protest.

  • Is there a palpable escalation?

  • Um, yes.

  • At this point, everything is a bit unpredictable because there are more people than the days before.

  • They're at least double or triple the amount right now.

  • Eso But we heard the news from maybe you as well.

  • But in younger holy, that's not used any violence so far.

  • They're basically moving around congested areas rather than heavily station somewhere else.

  • And then we have seen some people trying to cooperate with police.

  • Eso all I know here is s so far peacefully people just walking on the streets, including nurses, medical workers, lawyers, even the stuff from ministries trying to support the civil disobedience movement.

  • Um, Internet and social media access have been disrupted yesterday.

  • How are people getting their information?

  • How are they contacting each other?

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  • Organize this protest.

  • Right?

  • Right now we have a brief.

  • We were hoping we will have the Internet for longer, but we're not sure at this point because it's being on and off.

  • Eso.

  • For example, if we don't have the Internet, we have to rely solely on, like, phone calls and SMS that we don't have any phone network at all.

  • Which happened on the first day of the coup.

  • Um, then what happens is we have to use some offline abs like Bluetooth messaging and all these things.

  • So, uh, eso our concern right now is that there are a lot of supposed that we need to provide for civil disobedience movement.

  • But right now we're hoping the information flows data.

  • Same because there are a lot of fake news and rumors running around, so we hope thio reduce, uh, that and then get the current information across other people.

  • Tell me, how do protesters feel about sans Souci?

  • Does she still enjoy?

  • Ah, widespread support?

  • All Well, in a sense, yes.

  • But for example, you might see there are a lot off.

  • Yesterday there were a lot of people wearing red and supporting and all the But for today, for example, there are a lot off, especially younger people wearing black and blue shirts, just to show that you know, it's not just about one party.

  • And this is about everyone in the for the whole population, including minorities and different religions, people of different age.

  • This concerns everyone in the country and that they want to show that this is civilians against off the rip Irian Military regime.

  • Government.

  • Thank you very much, Lana.

  • An activist and filmmaker in Myanmar.

  • Thank you.

  • Thank you very much for your help.

Myanmar state TV has warned that quote action will be taken against any protesters who break the law.

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