Today saw the fourth day of mass protests against the coup which took place last week, and the police and military have started cracking down.
Violence against protesters
Today saw the fourth day of mass protests against the military coup which took place last week, and the police and military have started cracking down. Protests across the country have been met with water cannons, beatings, mass arrests and now they are shooting people as well, using rubber bullets and live ammunition.
As we write, one woman is in critical condition in hospital after being shot.
Hundreds of thousands of people have been marching in cities and townships across the country, demanding democracy and rejecting the military coup.
Today, one couple even walked straight out of their wedding ceremony to join the protests still wearing their wedding dress and wedding suit.
No action by the British government
Many people on the protests are holding up handwritten signs in English rather than Burmese, because they want support from the rest of the world.
So far that support has not come. The British government has been busy mobilising diplomatic efforts, securing a statement from the UN Security Council, but has still not announced it will support any practical action against the Burmese military.
The main thing activists from Burma we work with are calling for is sanctions against military companies.
But British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is dithering, and has still not made a decision.
We need to step up the pressure. If you have not already emailed Dominic Raab, please do so here. ([link removed])
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