Myanmar - Protests (DG ECHO, media) (ECHO Daily Flash of 22 February 2021)

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  • On 20 February, at least three people have been killed and several wounded in Mandalay – Myanmar when security forces opened fire to disperse people protesting against the country’s military coup. The deaths on 20 February, marked the bloodiest day in more than two weeks of large demonstrations against the military takeover.
  • The military authorities have responded with increasing force to the protests, deploying troops against peaceful rallies and firing tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets, with isolated incidents of live rounds being used.
  • The civil disobedience movement is causing dysfunctions all over the country with a critical impact on the bank system. Civil disobedience has also disrupted humanitarian activities (food supplies and cash transfer have been severely delayed).
  • Significant increase in prices for essential commodities has been reported by partners (e.g. +8.5% for rice, +25% for oil, +22% for gas). This will further exacerbate the vulnerability of food insecure people. People access to essential social services has been disrupted; access to health service in particular is of major concern.