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(MYANMAR) Military Coup Report: Hundreds of police and soldiers raided a neighborhood in Yangon that is home to striking state railroad workers Wednesday morning #AceNewsDesk report

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#AceNewsReport – Mar.11: For weeks since the February 1 coup, workers at Myanmar’s hospitals, banks transport centers and government ministries have aimed to disruptMyanmar’s economy and paralyze state institutions:

Myanmar police target striking railroad workers in raids: ‘Security forces are trying to stifle an ongoing civil disobedience movement aimed at the “full shutdown” of Myanmar’s economy following the military takeover of the government: It came as thousands of government workers carry on with a civil disobedience movement protesting Myanmar’s military coup

Anti-coup protesters in Mandalay block a railroad line last month

What happened during the raid?

Photos and video on social media showed officers blocking streets near the “Ma Hlwa Kone” train station and railroad worker staff compound. Around 800 workers there have been participating in a strike.

Police began by sealing off the Mingalar Taung Nyunt neighborhood in Myanmar’s largest city. There were reports of people trying to escape, and it is unclear if anyone has been arrested.

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

“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,” she said.

Why are police targeting railroad workers?

Wednesday morning’s raid comes only days after the Myanmar Railway Workers’ Union Federation issued a joint call with several other unions for a nationwide work stoppage.

State railroad workers were among the first groups to organize strikes against the coup, and have been the target of security forces.

A sheet metal barricade in Yangon

Protesters in Yangon have blocked off neighborhoods with makeshift barricades

Last month, police in the second largest city Mandalay roamed through a railroad workers’ housing complex attempting to intimidate residents by shouting and randomly firing guns.

The rail strike has disrupted train service between the cities of Yangon and Mandalay. Junta officials told the state-run New Light of Myanmar newspaper Tuesday that service would return “in the near future.”

The strike is aimed at a broad effort for the “full, extended shutdown of the Myanmar economy,” according to a statement.

What is the scale of the protests in Myanmar?

Myanmar’s security forces have been cracking down hard on anti-coup protesters.

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

There have been several instances of police firing live ammunition at crowds of protesters, along with tear gas and rubber bullets.

wmr/rt (AP, AFP)

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