Myanmar gripped by general strike amid massive anti-coup protests Feb 23, 2021 0 245 12345 dpa Phnom PenhCampaigners against the military coup in Myanmar called a general strike on Monday as enormous crowds flooded towns and cities across the country despite threats of violence from the new regime. The latest efforts by the military to stop the protests have led to warnings of sanctions from the European Union, as the bloc’s foreign ministers were meeting to discuss the issue on Monday.Businesses in Myanmar shuttered following a call to close everything except essential services to bolster a growing civil disobedience movement aimed at toppling Min Aung Hlaing, the military chief who seized power on February 1.According to local media reports, the protests were the largest seen since the coup, with images posted on social media showing the streets of Mandalay in the north and Yangon, the country’s largest city, flooded with people.More than a dozen people were detained in the capital Naypyidaw, according to news portal Myanmar Now.Many thousands of civil servants, factory workers, medics, engineers, teachers and bank staff, among others, have already said they will not work under a military government and demanded power be returned to the party of detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi. “Ordinary [people] across #Myanmar are joining in an extraordinary act of showing their defiance against the brutal #myanmarmilitarycoup in face of killings, violence and intimidations by security forces,” the activist group Justice for Myanmar wrote on Twitter.Protesters dubbed the action the 22222 general strike, a reference to Monday’s date, 22.2.2021. A similar movement that peaked in August 1988 is still referred to as the 8888 uprising.Some protesters are demanding that a 2008 military-drafted constitution be scrapped and that the country move to a federal system. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Gaza Strip’s vaccination campaign kicks off using Russia’s Sputnik V Feb 23, 2021 0 311 Iran, IAEA agree to continued but limited nuclear inspections Feb 23, 2021 0 262 Italian envoy to Congo killed in ambush on UN convoy Feb 23, 2021 0 380 Indian activist Varavara Rao, 81, granted bail New Delhi: - An Indian Maoist ideologue and activist who has been in jail for over two years in a caste violence case that has grabbed global attention was granted bail by a court on medical grounds on Monday. Varavara Rao, .. 4 female aid workers killed in Pak former al-Qaeda bastion dpa Islamabad Gunmen in north-western Pakistan on Monday shot and killed at least four female aid workers, police said, amid a resurgence of violence in the former al-Qaeda stronghold region. The women from a Pakistani .. Taliban oppose US plan to delay troop withdrawal Kabul: The Taliban strongly reject a possible postponement of the United States’ troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, a spokesman for the insurgent group said in an interview with dpa. “Our fighters will never agree to an .. Wine ends petition against election result over ‘bias’ Kampala: Ugandan opposition leader Bobi Wine has withdrawn a petition to challenge election results that cleared the way for the re-election of long-term president Yoweri Museveni, Wine’s spokesperson said on .. Gang releases 53 kidnapped people in Nigeria Lagos: Fifty-three people, mostly women and children, have been released from the hands of a criminal gang in west-central Nigeria, a local government official said Monday. Most of the released had been kidnapped on ..