Suu Kyi remains in remand; troops fire at protesters

Protests Continue In Myanmar As Military Tightens Grip On Country

Myanmar's army reinstated a law requiring people to report overnight visitors to their homes, as police hunt supporters of protests that have rocked the country since a military coup on February 1. Police also were seen pointing guns toward protesters.

In a resolution on February 12, the 47-member Human Rights Council called for the immediate and unconditional release of all persons arbitrarily detained and the restoration of the elected government.

Domestic media showed protesters gathering in the capital, Naypyitaw, many carrying pictures of Suu Kyi with the message: "We want our leader".

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.

A man is held by police during a crackdown on anti-coup protesters holding a rally in front of the Myanmar Economic Bank in Mandalay, Burma on Monday, Feb. 15, 2021. The Nobel laureate remains under house arrest on a minor charge of possessing unregistered imported walkie-talkies.

She has been on life support in a hospital in the capital, and unofficial memorial services were held for her Sunday at protests in Yangon and Mandalay, the country's two biggest cities. Nevertheless, more than 1000 anti-coup demonstrators were outside the Central Bank of Myanmar building, where there were also military trucks full of soldiers, riot police, water cannon trucks and armoured personnel carriers. His name and image have appeared on signs carried by some demonstrators.

Much of the country has been in uproar since soldiers detained Aung San Suu Kyi and her top political allies, ending a decade-old fledgling democracy after generations of junta rule.

Internet connectivity was later restored around the start of the working day, with Netblocks saying the blackout lasted around eight hours.

As people took to the streets for the eighth consecutive day on Saturday, protesters chanted: "Stop arresting people at night-time".

She told a special session of the Human Rights Council that for over 20 years, "successive high commissioners and many eminent experts have briefed this council, and its predecessor, on violations committed by the country's military", adding that a lack of action has "emboldened military leaders and contributed to this present crisis".

As well as mass protests, the military rulers face a strike by government workers, part of a civil disobedience movement that is crippling numerous functions of government. 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.

Shortly after midnight, residents in Myanmar reported an internet outage.

But the monitor noted that most users in Myanmar were still barred from social media.

More than a week since protesters began filling the streets of Myanmar to protest a military coup, those demonstrations show no signs of stopping. Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, who led the coup, promised last week in a nationally televised speech that new elections would be held to bring a "true and disciplined democracy", but did not specify when they would take place.

Hundreds of thousands have taken to the streets across the country for 10 days to denounce the coup, which derailed the South-east Asian country's tentative transition to democracy, and to call for Ms Suu Kyi's release.

"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".

Ambassadors from the United States and Canada and 12 European nations called on Myanmar's security forces to refrain from violence against those "protesting the overthrow of their legitimate government".

"When they are brought to the court on both February 16 and 17, they will be questioned via video-conferencing", he said.



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