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Nearly all businesses were closed Friday, particularly those in the regions of Yangon, Mandalay, Sagaing, Magway and Irrawaddy, as well as Kachin and Chin states. (RFA photos)

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Most public areas - including marketplaces - were cleared of people beginning early in the morning, sources said.

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Nan Lin, a spokesman for the University Alumnus Association, said the Silent Strike was one of the most effective expressions of opposition against the coup since February.

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San San Win Maw, a clothing store owner in Yangon, said she joined the strike because there are increasingly few protections for human rights in Myanmar. “We now hate the military, which has shown no kindness to the people,” she said.

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The junta threatened to act against those who closed their shops, but it did not deter them.

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In some areas, authorities threatened to “punish” vendors if they didn’t show up to market. Despite the threats, no major clashes were reported.

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