Nine journalists detained in recent days – the military in Myanmar is attacking media coverage of its armed operations against unarmed protesters.
Salai David, #journalist from Chin Stated based Chinland Post Media has been detained today in Hakha, Chin State. #1March2021
Protests continue in Myanmar despite crackdown. Concerns are growing that her detention will be prolonged further. Myanmar police major Tin Min Tun, an acting major in the force’s Special Branch, becomes the “first high-ranking officer” to join the anti-coup protesters. In a video live-streamed on social media, he urged his colleagues to “do what you believe is right.”
Demonstrations are continuing across Myanmar one month after the coup on February 1, despite the use of force by authorities.
Security forces fired guns on Monday afternoon as they combed through alleys in Yangon’s Sanchaung township in search of protesters, who had fled after being attacked with teargas and stun grenades.Today in Yangon, the police met them with tear gas, as the junta defiantly defends its coup.
Myanmar’s state-run and independent media report that at least 14 people were killed on Sunday, the largest single-day death toll since the coup. At least 18 people have been killed in one month.
Despite the repeated use of guns by security authorities, many people took to the streets across the country on Monday. In the largest city of Yangon, residents set up barricades and held marches. Some clashed with security personnel.
Suu Kyi, aged 75, looked in good health during her appearance before a court in the capital Naypyidaw.
She was initially charged with illegally importing six walkie-talkie radios. Later, a charge of violating a natural disaster law by breaching coronavirus protocols was added.
On Monday, two more charges were added, one under a section of a colonial-era penal code prohibiting publication of information that may “cause fear or alarm”, and the other under a telecommunications law stipulating licences for equipment, the lawyer said.
The next hearing will be on March 15. Critics of the coup say the charges were trumped up.
One protester said security officers are very violent, and that he strongly opposes their acts.
Meanwhile, Myanmar’s ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi appeared at an online court hearing held on Monday. She was detained by the military on February 1 and charged with illegally importing handheld radios and using them without permission.
A lawyer for Aung San Suu Kyi said she has also been charged with spreading information inciting social unrest.
Earlier in the month, police in various parts of the country joined protesters calling for the restoration of the elected civilian government, raising hopes of mass defections by the “people’s police”.
More recently, however, police have been implicated in an increasingly brutal crackdown on protesters that has killed dozens of unarmed civilians, including at least 18 on Sunday.