11:00 AM, 20 February 2021 News Briefing

  • Police and soldiers  forcibly crackdown the anti-coup protesters in  a rally in Myitkyina, Kachin state on the morning of February 19, arresting at least 10 people, including two teachers.
  • The National League for Democracy issued an announcement yesterday(19Feb) on its facebook that  a Committee Representing Shan State Hluttaw (CRSSH) is formed with the elected MPs, and it will be responsible for all powers related to the Shan State Hluttaw.
  • More than 700 Insein Railways workers participating in the Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM) have threatened to withdraw off their duty  if they do not return to work by the end of this month.
  • It is reported that 2 Myanmar national women went on a hunger strike since Monday in front of the Telenor headquarters in Oslo, Norway, and demanded to stand with Myanmar people, and not to take part in internet cutoffs by military-orders in Myanmar.
  • Since Sunday (Feb 14) night, the internet shutdowns have been ongoing for the past 6 consecutive nights between 1 am and 9 am.  
  • As of 12 noon, Feb 19, more than 17,000 civil servants in 284 townships across Myanmar participated in the Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM) to condemn the coup, most of the CDM staff were doctors with the highest number of more than 2,900, according to CDM 2021.
  • As of 8 PM, 19 Feb, a total of 1,117 samples were tested and found 19 more new cases and 1 death. MoHS has reported 141,728 of total confirmed cases including 131,209 discharged, and 3,194 deaths.
  • “The Burmese military must restore the democratically elected government,” US Secretary of State Antony Bilnken tweeted. He stated “the United States welcomes sanctions by the United Kingdom and Canada on those responsible for the coup in Burma”, and urged the international community to send a unified message to promote accountability.
  • Sagaing Region Chief Minister Dr. Zaw Myint Maung and Attorney General U Khin Maung Hla have been charged under section 505(b) of the Penal Code and sent to Monywa prison.