Anti-coup protests in Myanmar intensified after the military reportedly shot dead nine people a day earlier. Meanwhile, the World Bank has cautioned that the country’s economy could slump 10% this year due to the mayhem. Also Read: Myanmar protests in pictures: Sino-Burma pipeline under threat as military regime steps up violence
Before Myanmar’s coup, the economy was forecast to grow nearly 6% this year. Now it is forecast to shrink 10% in the most devastating collapse since 1988. Also Read: Myanmar protests in pictures: People show remarkable resilience even as two protesters were killed in police firing
Meanwhile, the United States and Britain imposed sanctions on businesses controlled by the military in response to its “brutal repression”. According to Reuters, nearly 90% of people killed by Myanmar junta forces since the coup have been shot dead and more than a quarter shot in the head – raising suspicions of intentional targeting. Also Read: Myanmar protests in pictures: Demonstrations continue following bloody crackdown; Kyal Sin emerges as symbol of resistance
Protests are still going on across the country, especially in Mandalay and Sagaing regions, as well as in Karen and Chin states. Also Read: Myanmar protests in pictures: Thousands defy junta’s lethal warning of “loss of life” and continue to oppose military coup
According to NetBlocks, a watchdog organization that monitors cybersecurity and the governance of the Internet, Myanmar’s military has cut internet for the 40th consecutive night. Network data show collapse of connectivity from 1 am Friday local time. Also Read: Myanmar protests in pictures: UK sanctions three military generals for human rights violations
Myanmar has plunged into a state of disorder and has been witnessing protests daily since the army overthrew Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected government and installed the junta. Over 300 people have been killed in the ensuing crackdown, according to figures put together by the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) activist group.