Myanmar military promises new elections, threatens protesters

Myanmar protesters

"The revolution must prevail".

One resident said soldiers had shot at his building every night this week and checked houses they deemed suspicious. At least 10 people were wounded, the news portal said. At least two people were injured, it said.

But he also issued another threat to the anti-coup movement that has gripped the country since he took charge, warning that acts of "terrorism which can be harmful to state tranquillity and security" were unacceptable.

"The European Union (EU) and the USA imposed sanctions on Monday against individuals involved in the coup and the repression of demonstrators", Reuters reported today.

At least 320 people have been killed in the subsequent crackdown, according to figures compiled by the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) activist group.

The US and United Kingdom have so far imposed sanctions on military leaders.

Protesters are calling for nationwide demonstrations on Saturday.

"The strongest storm comes after the silence", protest leader Ei Thinzar Maung said in a social media post.

Photos from local media showed empty streets and deserted roads throughout the country Wednesday morning.

The group - which has been fighting the military for decades for more autonomy - is now sheltering hundreds of anti-coup protesters who have fled to their militia-controlled territory in the country's east.

In Mandalay, Myanmar's second-largest city, doctors' white coats were hung at a medical clinic's entrance - in apparent mourning for those killed in the unrest.

Citing relatives, local news outlet Myanmar Now reported the girl, named Khin Myo Chit, was shot while sitting in her father's lap after security forces kicked down the door to the family's home.

Myanmar's homegrown Civil Disobedience Movement against military rule is targeting the economy in order to make it hard for the junta to govern.

The junta on Wednesday freed hundreds of people arrested in its crackdown on protests against the overthrow of the elected government of Aung Sang Suu Kyi.

There was no immediate word from authorities on how many were released. Many people have been taken arbitrarily in nighttime raids and their families do not know where their loved ones are, or what condition they are in, the United Nations said.

Among those released was Polish photojournalist Robert Bociaga, who was arrested in Taunggyi two weeks ago.

In a statement on Tuesday, Petronas said its subsidiary PC Myanmar (Hong Kong) Ltd continues to place the safety, security and health of its employees and contractors working in its areas of operations as its highest priority.

As violence escalates in post-coup Myanmar, protesters have grown increasingly frustrated with the limited global support for their pro-democracy movement.

The military says it acted because the NLD's victory in an election last November was marred by fraud - a claim rejected by the electoral commission and many foreign governments.

Coup leader Min Aung Hlaing said in a national TV address on Saturday he would "safeguard democracy", promising elections but giving no timetable. Suu Kyi, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 for her campaign to bring democratic civilian rule to Myanmar, and other members of her National League for Democracy (NLD) are being held in detention.

Malaysia and Indonesia are seeking an urgent meeting of Southeast Asia's ASEAN regional grouping, of which Myanmar is a member, to discuss the crisis.



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