Doctors And Nurses Join Civil Disobedience Movement In Myanmar Post Coup

Calls for a civil disobedience campaign in Myanmar have gathered pace as the United States formally declared the military's takeover a coup.

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Doctors and nurses were among professionals making early declarations of their intent to go on strike. A statement from medics posted overnight on the Civil Disobedience Movement page read, “We will only follow and obey the orders from our democratically elected government,”.

On Wednesday morning the official Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper published a warning from the Ministry of Information against opposing the coup.

Myanmar was plunged back into direct military rule when soldiers detained Aung San Suu Kyi and other civilian leaders in a series of dawn raids on Monday, ending the country’s brief experiment with democracy.

The army’s actions have been met with a growing chorus of international condemnation although the options are limited for those nations hoping Myanmar’s generals might reverse course.

On Tuesday the State Department formally designated the takeover as a coup, meaning the US cannot assist the Myanmar government.

Suu Kyi, who has not been seen in public since the coup, won a huge landslide with her National League for Democracy (NLD) last November but the military – whose favoured parties received a drubbing – declared the polls were fraudulent.

With soldiers back on the streets of major cities, the takeover has not been met by any major protests.

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