Protestors Gather In Clinton Square To Condemn Military Coup In Myanmar
The sidewalks of Clinton Square were filled Friday afternoon with protestors holding signs demanding freedom of Myanmar Democratic figure Aung San Suu Kyi and democracy for the country.
One demonstrator, Amed Soh describes the dire military coup currently being staged within the country and why they are protesting in the heart of Syracuse.
“On the first of February, the Burmese military seized control of the country illegally. This demonstration is showing our support to the Burmese that live in our country and also around the globe that we are with the people in Myanmar right now fighting for democracy.” said Soh.
The Myanmar Immigrant Communities of Syracuse, the organizers of the event, have been outwardly against the military action in the country. Across from Clinton Square is the former main office building of the Syracuse Post-Standard. Another demonstrator at the event named Tan says this placement was intentional.
“We want to draw attention to the media and also we want to draw attention from the United States government as well as international communities. That’s why we are here.”
For those protesting, garnering attention on the international stage for the events in Myanmar is integral. President Biden has condemned the actions of the Myanmar military, calling on them to “immediately release the Democratic leaders and activists.” Along with this, the United States has imposed sanctions on the country’s military leaders.