Myanmar police file additional charge against Aung San Suu Kyi

Western diplomats warn Myanmar military that 'the world is watching'

Armored vehicles on the streets of major Myanmar cities, an internet black out and nighttime raids on prominent critics on Sunday, did not stop protesters taking to the streets for a tenth consecutive day on Monday to oppose the recent military coup.

The military has steadily escalated efforts to quell an uprising against their seizure of power two weeks ago, which saw civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi detained along with hundreds, including members of her democratically elected government.

While it was previously thought Monday was the deadline for leader Aung San Suu Kyi's court-approved detention for a first formal charge leveled against her following the February 1 coup, her lawyer said she will be remanded until Wednesday.

Suu Kyi is to be charged with violating the country's foreign trade laws following the military coup.

Footage broadcast live on Facebook showed the crowd being shot at by security personnel, but it is not clear whether they were using rubber or real bullets.

They chanted "End military dictatorship" as the officers stood guard.

Armoured vehicles were also deployed on Sunday in the northern town of Myitkyina and Sittwe in the west, the first large-scale use of such vehicles since the coup.

The protests have spread nationwide ever since the coup with Naypyidaw, Mandalay and other cities reporting clashes between the state police and people. Demonstrators still took to the streets on Monday despite the military presence.

Hundreds of thousands have taken to the streets in protest while thousands including civil servants, medics, farmers, miners, railway workers and bank staff have joined a general strike aimed at toppling the new regime. In front of the central bank, participants called for bank employees to join the civil disobedience movement. An armoured vehicle and about six trucks carrying soldiers were parked nearby, a witness said.

Meanwhile, police in Naypyitaw detained about 20 high-school students protesting by a road. Also, a video posted on social media showed citizens fleeing following sounds of gunfire. Suu Kyi is being prosecuted on charges of illegally importing walkie-talkies. "They are in good health".

The government and army could not be reached for comment.

The hearing will reportedly be held by video conferencing. The army has been carrying out nightly mass arrests and on Saturday gave itself sweeping powers to detain people and search private property.

The army took power alleging fraud in a November 8 general election in which Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party had won a landslide. At least 400 people have been detained since the coup, the monitoring group Assistance Association for Political Prisoners said.

"It's as if the generals have declared war on the people", UN Special Rapporteur Tom Andrews said on Twitter.

It also warned there was a possibility of a telecoms interruptions overnight between 1:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.

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

Suu Kyi, 75, spent almost 15 years under house arrest for her efforts to end military rule.

The electoral commission had dismissed the army's complaintsbut the military spokesman reiterated them on Tuesday.

The U.S. ambassador to Myanmar, along with several other Western nations, issued a statement calling on the military and police forces to "refrain from violence against demonstrators and civilians, who are protesting the overthrow of their legitimate government".



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