Pro-military demonstrators will hold a march in Yangon from 13:00 to 18:00 (local time) on Saturday, August 3, to protest recent US government visa sanctions on four top Burmese military officials. Demonstrators are reportedly planning to meet on the east side of the Shwedagon Pagoda and march south to Yangon City Hall.
A heightened security presence and transportation disruptions, including road closures, are to be expected around the demonstration. Related protests are possible in the coming days and weeks.
On July 16, the United States Department of State announced visa sanctions on four high-ranking Burmese military officials due to "gross violations of human rights," barring them and their immediate families from entering the United States. This was in response to a 2018 UN fact-finding mission, which found that Burmese military commanders played a significant role in the "ethnic cleansing" of the Rohingya people - a Muslim-majority ethnic group that has been historically persecuted in Myanmar. Since Myanmar's transition to democracy in 2011, violent conflict and state-led "clearance operations" targeting Rohingya villages in the Rakhine, Kachin, and Shan states have left more than 24,000 Rohingya people dead and have displaced hundreds of thousands of others.
Individuals in Yangon are advised to monitor the situation, avoid protests and demonstrations as a precaution, anticipate additional possible protests and associated disruptions, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments.
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