Myanmar coup: Troops on the streets as fears of crackdown mount


People cycle past armoured vehicles stationed in front of the Central Women Hospital in Yangon, Myanmar, 15 February 2021.

Armoured autos on the streets of Yangon on Monday

Small teams of protesters have begun to assemble in Myanmar, regardless of the armoured autos which have appeared on the streets of a number of cities.

The army’s heightened presence is the most recent signal of a possible crackdown on opposition to the coup it carried out on 1 February.

Hundreds of 1000’s of individuals have taken half in protests over the past 10 days, demanding democracy be restored.

They additionally need their elected leaders launched from detention.

But on Monday, it was reported civilian chief Aung San Su Kyi could be detained for an additional two days, in response to her lawyer, Khin Maung Zaw,

She was rounded up with different members of the federal government within the early hours of 1 February, however her detention was because of finish at the moment, information company Reuters stated.

Her social gathering was elected in a convincing victory final November, however the army has alleged voter fraud with out offering proof.

The information got here hours after the web was restored. Telecoms operator stated that they had been informed to close off companies from 01:00 to 09:00 native time, Sunday into Monday (18:30 to 02:30 GMT).

Internet site visitors was at 14% of regular ranges after the order got here into drive, in response to NetBlocks, a monitoring group.

What are the indicators of a crackdown?

Across the nation on Sunday, tons of of 1000’s of protesters rallied in opposition to the army for the ninth day in a row.

In town of Myitkyina, in Kachin state, taking pictures could possibly be heard as safety forces clashed with anti-coup demonstrators. It was not clear whether or not rubber bullets or reside rounds have been being fired.

Five journalists have been amongst these arrested.

In Yangon, armoured autos have been seen on the streets for the primary time because the coup. Monks and engineers led a rally there, whereas motorcyclists drove by the streets of the capital, Nay Pyi Taw.

A health care provider at a hospital in Nay Pyi Taw informed the BBC the safety forces have been finishing up night-time raids on houses.

“I’m still worrying because they make a curfew statement just not to go outside between 20:00 and 04:00, but this makes a time for the police and soldiers to arrest people like us,” stated the physician, who can’t be named for security causes.

“The previous day they stole into the house, cut down the fence, entered and arrested people unlawfully. That’s why I’m also worrying.”

An workplace of the US embassy in Yangon warned US nationals to remain indoors throughout curfew hours.

On Saturday, the army stated arrest warrants had been issued for seven distinguished opposition campaigners and warned the general public to not harbour opposition activists fleeing arrest.

Video footage confirmed folks reacting with defiance, banging pots and pans to warn their neighbours of night-time raids by the safety forces.

The army on Saturday additionally suspended legal guidelines requiring courtroom orders for detaining folks longer than 24 hours and for looking out non-public property.

What is the remainder of the world saying?

A UN official accused the army of “declaring war” on the folks.

Tom Andrews, the UN particular rapporteur on Myanmar (often known as Burma), stated the generals have been displaying “signs of desperation” and could be held accountable.

Western embassies urged the army to point out restraint.

An announcement signed by the EU, the US and the UK stated: “We call on security forces to refrain from violence against demonstrators, who are protesting the overthrow of their legitimate government.”

Myanmar – the fundamentals

  • Myanmar, often known as Burma, was lengthy thought of a pariah state whereas beneath the rule of an oppressive army junta from 1962 to 2011

  • A gradual liberalisation started in 2010, resulting in free elections in 2015 and the set up of a authorities led by veteran opposition chief Aung San Suu Kyi the next 12 months

  • In 2017, a lethal crackdown by Myanmar’s military on Rohingya Muslims despatched greater than half 1,000,000 fleeing throughout the border into Bangladesh, in what the UN later referred to as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing”

  • Aung San Suu Kyi and her authorities have been overthrown in a military coup on 1 February following a landslide NLD win in November’s elections

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