Myanmar junta cuts off internet, deploys tanks as soldiers fire at protesters
Myanmar junta cuts off internet, deploys tanks as soldiers fire at protesters
Image Reuters Suu Kyi 75 won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 for campaigning for democracy and spent nearly 15 years under house arrest
16 February, 2021, 08:41
Myanmar's junta has deployed extra troops around the country and choked the internet for the second night in a row as it intensified a crackdown on anti-coup protests, but defiant demonstrators again took to the streets.
As well as mass protests around the country, the military rulers were facing a strike by government workers, part of a civil disobedience movement against the February 1 coup that deposed the civilian government led by Aung San Suu Kyi.
Engineering students marched through downtown Yangon, the biggest city, wearing white and carrying placards demanding the release of ousted leader Suu Kyi, who has been in detention since the coup and charged with importing walkie-talkies. "We want to establish a real federal union where all citizens, all ethnicities are treated equally".
The unrest has revived memories of bloody outbreaks of opposition to nearly half a century of direct army rule that ended in 2011 when the military began a process of withdrawing from civilian politics.
Violence this time has been limited but on Sunday, police opened fire to disperse protesters at a power plant in northern Myanmar although it was unclear if they were using rubber bullets or live rounds and there was no word on casualties.
Security forces are raiding people's residences in many places across the country and trying to arrest those who are against the military junta.
An armoured vehicle rides on a street during a protest against the military coup, in Yangon, Myanmar, February 14, 2021. The military is allowed to appoint its members to 25 per cent of seats in Parliament and it controls several key ministries involved in security and defence.
More than a dozen police trucks with four water cannon vehicles were deployed on Monday near the Sule Pagoda in central Yangon, one of the main demonstration sites in the city, where protesters had gathered outside the central bank and the Chinese embassy.
One who managed to escape told reporters that the students - thought to range in age from 13 to 16 - were demonstrating peacefully when a line of riot police suddenly arrived and began arresting them.
A convoy of thousands on motorbikes and in cars also drove through the capital Naypyitaw, with protesters holding up images of Suu Kyi's face.
Neither has been publicly seen since the coup, though Ms Suu Kyi's party has heard that she is "in good health".
Khin Maung Zaw, a lawyer asked by Suu Kyi's party to represent her, said he was uncertain if she would have a court appearance Monday, and it could be delayed by a day.
There was no immediate confirmation of a death toll and no comment from the government.
The army has been carrying out nightly arrests and has given itself search and detention powers.
"There is suspicion this blackout was to commit unjust activities, including arbitrary arrests", said the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners group, which has recorded 426 arrests between the coup and Monday.
An order on Sunday that appeared to be from the Ministry of Transport and Communications told mobile phone service providers to shut down internet connections from 1am to 9am Monday.
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