Myanmar unrest has significant effect on industrial sector

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- [NON-ENGLISH CHANTING]

TONY CHENG: Once again, protesters head out onto the streets here in Tamwe Ward in the center of Yangon. And once again, they're forced back, carrying their injured after being met by rubber bullets and live rounds.

And a new tactic from the military, bulldozers smashing through rows of parked cars. The intent seems simply to terrorize and demoralize.

As the violence has spread, so has the destruction. These clothing factories in Yangon were set on fire last week. It's not known by whom.

In the last five years, the garment industry has grown significantly under civilian rule. But now many garment workers have joined the protests, fearful their new economic freedom could be lost.

TIN TIN WEI: [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH]

INTERPRETER: It is very stressful. I am worried and stressed for my own security. Recently, I am fighting. I'll fight till we get what we want. When we are fighting we have to fight being arrested and violently beaten by a [INAUDIBLE].

TONY CHENG: For manufacturers, it's a disaster. Sanctions are likely to cut off their factories and their workers' source of income.

STEPHEN LAMAR: We've been urging our government to apply pressure on to end the coup, but to do so in a manner that doesn't harm the workers. Because, as we've talked about before, it's really important to make sure the workers have their livelihoods protected, their rights and their livelihoods protected.

TONY CHENG: And forced labor on the streets of Yangon. This mobile phone footage shows civilians being forced to carry sandbags for the police. When one falters, he's made to crawl on his hands and knees-- more indignities at the hands of those who are supposed to protect and serve.

Tony Cheng, Al Jazeera.