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YANGON – Tens of thousands of citizens have taken to the streets across cities in Myanmar as part of a general strike against the military coup. Businesses have closed as owners and their employees join the strike, undeterred by a military statement that warned they were heading down a path “where they will suffer loss of life.”

The warning comes after at least two people were killed in protests on Sunday – the worst violence yet in more than two weeks of demonstrations.

Myanmar has witnessed several weeks of protest following the military coup on 1 February. “Protesters are now inciting the people to a confrontation path where they will suffer the loss of life,” a statement on state-run broadcaster MRTV said.

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