Myanmar junta warns of lethal force as huge crowds gather for ‘five twos revolution’

Protesters compare Monday’s date – 22.2.2021 – to 8 August 1988, when the military cracked down on pro-democracy rallies

Protesters have taken to the streets in towns and cities across Myanmar in a major show of defiant opposition to the military, despite an apparent threat from the junta that it would again use deadly violence against demonstrators.

Activists had called for more demonstrations on Monday, which has been referred to as the “five twos revolution”, a reference to the date, 22.2.2021. Protesters have compared the date to 8 August 1988 – or 8.8.88 – when the military responded to pro-democracy rallies with with a brutal crackdown, killing and injuring hundreds of protesters.

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