Protests Against Military Takeover Hit Yangon, Myanmar on General Strike Day

© AP PhotoIn this image from video, a crowd of protesters march in Yangon, Myanmar Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021
In this image from video, a crowd of protesters march in Yangon, Myanmar Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021 - Sputnik International, 1920, 22.02.2021
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The protests in the country are entering their third week, with reports suggesting that at least two people were recently shot dead and dozens injured amid violent clashes in the city of Mandalay.

Sputnik is live from Yangon, Myanmar, as mass demonstrations against military rule are being held in the city, with a general strike announced by protesters.

The wave of rallies come after the Myanmar military arrested the head of the government Aung San Suu Kyi, President Win Myint, and the whole cabinet, formed by the National League for Democracy (NLD) on 1 February. The armed forces accused NLD of electoral fraud during the November 2020 vote and declared a one-year state of emergency.

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