Protesters Pray for Myanmar Junta Chief’s Death on his Birthday

By The Irrawaddy 4 July 2022

At least 11 protests were held across Myanmar on Sunday where pictures of regime chief Min Aung Hlaing were burned to mark his 66th birthday.

Protesters in Yangon, Kalay, Salingyi, Yinmabin and Thayetchaung townships stamped on and burned pictures while demanding an end to military rule.

A Western Chindwin protester in Yangon said: “We wish you a speedy death starting from your birthday.”

The young protester held a sign saying, “It’s time to die Min Aung Hlaing”.

Expats in Thailand and Japan held protests where they stepped on pictures of his face.

Min Aung Hlaing’s junta has killed an estimated 2,053 citizens since the February 1, 2021, coup, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners.

Junta troops are committing extrajudicial killings, arbitrary arrests and torching of civilian homes as they battle numerous resistance groups.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs’ humanitarian update last month said that more than 758,000 people, including more than 250,000 children, have been displaced since the coup.

Protests marked his 65th birthday last year, wishing him “death and hell”.

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