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Military deploys armoured vehicles in major cities of Myanmar

Western diplomats warn Myanmar military that 'the world is watching' Myanmar protesters undeterred as armoured vehicles hit the streets
Deanna Wagner | 16 February, 2021, 11:53

Despite the deployment of armored vehicles and soldiers to some major cities over the weekend, protesters have kept up demonstrations to denounce the February 1 takeover and demand the release of detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi and others.

Suu Kyi's detention was due to expire on Monday, but her lawyer, Khin Maung Zaw, said that a judge at a court in the capital, Naypyitaw, said she was remanded until February 17.

Crowds also gathered in two places in the main city of Yangon - at a traditional protest site near the main university campus and at the central bank, where protesters hoped to press staff to join the civil disobedience movement.

"We guarantee. that the election will be held", he toldthe news conference which the military broadcast live overFacebook, a platform the military has banned.

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.

An armoured vehicle drives past the Sule Pagoda Sunday, following days of mass protests against the military coup. Thousands of defiant demonstrators have once again taken to the streets.

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.

The violence this time has been limited but on Sunday, police opened fire to disperse protesters at a power plant in the north although it was unclear if they used rubber bullets or live rounds and there was no word on casualties.

The unrest has revived memories of bloody outbreaks of opposition to nearly half a century of direct army rule over the Southeast Asian nation, which ended in 2011, when the military began a process of withdrawing from civilian politics. An armoured vehicle and about six trucks carrying soldiers were parked nearby.

According to Reuters, police in Naypyitaw have detained about 20 high school students who were protesting. Also, a video posted on social media showed citizens fleeing following sounds of gunfire.

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"Remember, we don't swear at the police and don't sign anything at the police station", one student can be heard saying. The U.N., U.S. and other governments have urged it to return power to the elected government and release Suu Kyi and other detainees.

The judge in the capital, Naypyitaw, had spoken to Suu Kyi by video conferencing and she had asked if she could hire a lawyer, Khin Maung Zaw told Reuters.

The government and army could not be reached for comment. At least 400 people have been detained since the coup, the monitoring group Assistance Association for Political Prisoners said.

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

"People are delighted to have the security patrols and the security forces will conduct them day and night", its True News information team said.

The junta, led by Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, said it stepped in because the government failed to properly investigate allegations of fraud in last year's election, which Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party won in a landslide.

The self-styled Committee Representing the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw has 15 members who met online and said they have enough support to convene Parliament.

Ambassadors from the United States, Britain and other Western countries issued a joint statement on Sunday, calling on Myanmar's security forces to "refrain from violence against demonstrators and civilians".

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