Myanmar

The casket containing the body of Mya Thwet Thwet Khine is carried through the crowd Sunday toward the cemetery in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. Mya Thwet Thwet Khine was the first confirmed death during protests that began Feb. 1.

YANGON, Myanmar — A call for a general strike today by demonstrators in Myanmar protesting the military’s Feb. 1 seizure of power has been met by the ruling junta with a thinly veiled threat to use lethal force, raising the possibility of major clashes.

The call for a general strike was made Sunday by the Civil Disobedience Movement, a group leading resistance to the army’s takeover. It asked people to gather together for the Five Twos — referring to the digits in today’s date — to make a “Spring Revolution.”

State television broadcaster MRTV late Sunday carried a public announcement from the junta warning against the general strike.

“Protesters are now inciting the people, especially emotional teenagers and youths, to a confrontation path where they will suffer the loss of life,” it said in an English language text shown onscreen.

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