Though most had never heard of ethnic Kachin Duwa Lashi La, who heads the National Unity Govt, before the coup, Myanmar people have embraced him as their leader.
Threats of harsh punishment failed to deter people from staying at home on Tuesday as the population displayed its rejection of the junta a year after it seized power.
No one has yet claimed responsibility for the grenade attack on a pro-junta rally in Tachileik, eastern Shan State.
The disastrous events triggered by the coup have convinced Myanmar’s people there can be no place for the current military institution in their country’s future.
Regime leader Min Aung Hlaing said the extension was necessary as parts of the country remain unstable, and to prepare for the election the junta plans to hold next year.
Thwarted by widespread civil disobedience and armed resistance, the military’s bid to illegitimately seize power has failed, bringing only civil war and economic collapse.
After a year of failing to consolidate its power, the military regime is resorting to increasingly brutal methods.
A year after the election that should have seen them take up seats in Parliament, NLD MPs said they will never yield to the junta’s campaign of terror against them.
The people will continue to fight to restore the election result that was stolen from them one year ago.