Clashes broke out between striking garment workers and around 20-30 men wielding iron bars in Yangon on Monday, October 15, leaving dozens of workers wounded. The men reportedly beat the garment workers, who have been on strike and protesting outside a factory for months to demand the reinstatement of 30 fired workers. Further garment-worker protests and strike actions are to be expected in Yangon in the coming weeks; a heightened security presence and localized traffic disruptions are to be anticipated near demonstration sites. Additional clashes between striking workers and similar attackers are possible in the near-term.
Individuals in Yangon are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, report all suspicious objects and behavior to the police, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.