Published: Tue, February 16, 2021
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Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest, current status unclear

Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest, current status unclear

Protesters also gathered around the central bank, asking people to join a boycott of the military leadership.

Security forces in Myanmar have cracked down on anti-coup protesters, pointing guns toward civilians and attacking them with sticks.

The junta appears determined to end the demonstrations.

A journalist at the scene said it was unclear whether police had used rubber bullets or live rounds. Police also were seen pointing guns toward protesters.

The self-styled Committee Representing the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw has 15 members who met online and said they have enough support to convene Parliament. It wasn't clear exactly how many students were rounded up, but estimates put the figure at between 20 and 40.

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.

"Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has been charged with an extra (violation). under the Natural Disaster Management law", lawyer Khin Maung Zaw told AFP.

The protesters are calling on western governments to take a stand against the Myanmar military coup and to support democracy in that country.

Eight days of street demonstrations are estimated to have drawn hundreds of thousands of people to the streets despite the threat of six months' imprisonment for violating an order banning gatherings of five or more people.

Tensions were rising in Myanmar on Monday after the military deployed armored vehicles to the streets of the country's largest city Yangon the previous night while also putting in place an internet blackout overnight.

An internet outage that was reportedly scheduled from 1 9 a.m. continued overnight.

"Demonstrators carried placards that read "#SupportCDM #SaveMyanmar". CDM refers to the civil disobedience movement under which doctors, engineers and others in Myanmar strike to push the military to release elected leaders and return the country to civilian rule.

The military cited numerous election irregularities in November's election which Suu Kyi's party achieved a landslide victory.

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

General Zaw Min Tun said the military would not hold power for long. It circulated widely on social media, as did a notice said to be from service provider Oredoo Myanmar containing the same details.

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.

However, Suu Kyi has not been seen for two weeks.

Protesters opposed to Myanmar's military coup blocked train services between Yangon and a southern city on Tuesday, hours after a United Nations envoy warned the army of "severe consequences" for any harsh response to the pro-democracy demonstrations. There are numerous unconfirmed reports of other arrests.

"Ms Schraner Burgener has reinforced that the right of peaceful assembly must fully be respected and that demonstrators are not subjected to reprisals", UN spokesman Farhan Haq said at the United Nations.

"She has conveyed to the Myanmar military that the world is watching closely, and any form of heavy-handed response is likely to have severe consequences".

Foreign embassies in Myanmar, including those of the USA and European Union member states, issued a joint statement Sunday saying they "unequivocally condemn the detention of political leaders, social activists and civil servants" and called for an end to violence against protesters.

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