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YANGON - The Federation of Garment Workers Myanmar is one of nine leading trade unions calling for an extended general strike in the country to oppose the military coup.

Moe Sanda Myint, chair of the Federation of Garment Workers Myanmar who is said to be in hiding to avoid being arrested for leading a protest march in the country's largest city of Yangon, said she believed most workers would join the strike.

“We are urging to continue the strike until the dictatorship is uprooted,” said Moe Sanda Myint, as the nine unions released a joint statement calling for a “full, extended shutdown” of the country’s economy.

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