Protests against the government in Myanmar in front of foreign embassies, including the Russian one, take place every day and there is no threat to Russian diplomats and no question of their evacuation from the country. This was reported to the media on Wednesday, February 17, by Anton Anisimov, press secretary of the Russian diplomatic mission in Yangon.
According to him, the civil disobedience movement is gaining momentum, with daily pickets against the current administration taking place near the buildings of foreign diplomatic missions.
“The rallies are peaceful, there is no threat to the staff of the diplomatic missions, and there is no question of evacuating them,” says Anton Anisimov.
A military coup took place in Myanmar on February 1, during which state power was transferred to the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Myanmar, General Min Aung Hlaing. President Win Myint and State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi were detained. The move came after days of escalating tensions between the government and the military, which did not recognize the outcome of the country’s November elections.
The coup plotters declared a one-year state of emergency in the country. Protesters took to the streets calling for the restoration of the civilian government under Aung San Suu Kyi and a return to democratic reforms.
The arrest of state councilor Aung San Suu Kyi has been extended until Feb. 17.
Since the coup d’état, Myanmar has almost completely shut down the Internet. On February 12, the military, voicing the idea of “building a new democratic state,” pardoned more than 23,000 prisoners.