Monday, 18 October, 2021


Protests in Myanmar against the Coup Continues

Western diplomats warn Myanmar military that 'the world is watching' Suu Kyi remains in remand; troops fire at protesters
Conrad Doyle | 16 February, 2021, 14:41

The junta appears determined to end the demonstrations.

The protests have spread nationwide ever since the coup with Naypyidaw, Mandalay and other cities reporting clashes between the state police and people.

The soldiers and police then attacked the protesters with sticks, and police could be seen aiming long guns into the air amid sounds that resembled gunfire. Local media reported rubber bullets were fired into the crowd and that a few people were injured. Police also were seen pointing guns toward protesters.

Political leaders including Suu Kyi were detained in the wake of the coup. It wasn't clear exactly how many students were rounded up, but estimates put the figure at between 20 and 40.

Protesters at an anti-coup rally in front of the Myanmar Economic Bank in Mandalay, Myanmar.

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.

Myanmar's armed forces had no choice but to seize power in the country, the spokesman for Myanmar's military said on Tuesday, insisting it wasn't a coup.

In one incident, posted to Facebook Live, security forces in Myitkyina, the capital of the country's northern Kachin state, fired on protesters at a power plant on Sunday, after a crowd had gathered there fearing that the military was about to cut off the electricity. Thousands of defiant demonstrators have once again taken to the streets.

The people gathered to make their voice heard despite the presence of armoured vehicles on the streets of Yangon, the country's largest city, and other locations since Sunday. It also warned there was a possibility of a telecoms interruptions overnight between 1:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.

He said the protests were harming stability and spreadingfear and the campaign of civil disobedience amounted to theillegal intimidation of civil servants. Daily mass street demonstrations in Myanmar are on their second week, with neither protesters nor the military government they seek to unseat showing any signs of backing down from confrontations.

Asked about the detention of Nobel prize victor Suu Kyi andthe president, he said the military would abide by theconstitution.

The army took power alleging that its complaints of fraud in a November 8 general election, in which Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party had won a landslide, were being ignored.

Protesters outside the Central Bank of Myanmar building in Yangon, Myanmar.

Both defendants were in a "safer place" and "in good health", according to military spokesman Zaw Min Tun.

It is just one of many parts of the charter that ensured the military could maintain ultimate control over the country it ruled for 50 years following a 1962 coup.

Telenor, a Norwegian telecom service provider that operates in Myanmar, said it received a directive from Myanmar authorities to shut internet access for a period. It has in the past few weeks imposed selective and ineffective blocks on social media platforms and prepared a draft internet law that would criminalize many online activities.

On 1 February, the country's military declared a state of emergency for a year, with a power transfer to the commander-in-chief General Min Aung Hlaing.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres echoed that call, asking the military to allow Swiss diplomat Christine Schraner Burgener to visit Myanmar "to assess the situation first hand". Five journalists were reportedly arrested while covering the incident.

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