Protest-hit Myanmar junta puts on show of force

Myanmar security forces target striking railway workers

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Yangon: Hundreds of soldiers and police swooped on a railway station in Yangon on Wednesday seeking to arrest workers on strike to protest against the military coup in Myanmar.

Since the military removed and detained civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi last month, the country has been in turmoil, triggering daily protests across the country demanding the restoration of democracy.

The country has been in turmoil since the military ousted and detained civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi last month, triggering daily protests around the country to demand the return of democracy.

Security forces have responded with an increasingly brutal crackdown involving tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets, as well as isolated incidents of live rounds.

Close to 2,000 people have been arrested and the death toll has climbed to more than 60.

The campaign resulted in hospital disruptions, bank closures and vacancies in ministries’ offices.

Hundreds of soldiers and police were deployed to Ma Hlwa Gone railway station and its staff housing compound early Wednesday morning where about 800 workers are participating in strike action.

“We are united,” railway workers chanted as authorities blocked off a road, according to a live feed on Facebook.

“Around 300 security personnel are blocking the road searching for the people who are involved in the civil disobedience movement,” a 32-year-old woman who lives at the site told AFP.

“I escaped, but there were many left, I am worried about the remaining workers. I just hope they don’t arrest the people, if they do it is troubling because they could beat and kill them.”

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