Myanmar Security Forces Raid Homes of Striking Railway Workers
On Wednesday, Myanmar security forces raided the homes of state railway workers who have gone on strike to protest February’s military coup.
Police closed off an entire neighborhood in the Yangon region in which housing for railway workers is located. At least three people were arrested during the raid.
The raid comes a few days after the Railway Workers Union announced a strike with the ultimate intention of shutting down Myanmar’s economy.
Protests have been ongoing in Myanmar for several weeks since the military staged a coup on Feb 1 and arrested the democratically elected officials. Police and military response has become increasingly violent and often lethal over the last several weeks with at least 30 protester deaths to date.
The protesters do not wish to return to military rule and demand the release and return to power for the democratically elected officials.
The democratically elected leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has been under house arrest since the coup.
The military claims that there was widespread fraud in the election and uses that as justification for the coup.
Myanmar, which spent five decades under military rule, had recently undergone a democratic transition and elected Aung San Suu Kyi as leader as well as given the majority of the seats in parliament to Kyi's National League for Democracy Party.
Other nations, including the US, have condemned the coup saying that the outcome of the recent elections should be respected. President Biden also placed sanctions on Myanmar.
Photo Source: youtube.com