Pro-democracy activists in Myanmar are holding a “silent strike” to mark two years since a military coup.
Protesters have urged the public to remain indoors and for businesses to close for today’s anniversary. The call came as the UK, US, Canada and Australia announced fresh sanctions against army-linked firms.
The military has said the country is facing “unusual circumstances” – prompting fresh doubt over its pledge to hold an election this year.
Tayzar San, a prominent activist, said in a Facebook post that the strike was being conducted to provide proof that the “public does not accept the rigged election” that the military was planning.