Myanmar security forces have deployed armed vehicles in major cities and decided to go online on Monday after protests this month and the arrest of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi drew hundreds of thousands of people off the streets.
Suu Kyi’s arrest on charges of illegally importing six walkie-talkie radios is expected to end on Monday. Khin Maung Zaw who is his lawyer could not be reached for the comment.
Police opened fire at protesters power station in northern Myanmar on Sunday during the ninth day of unprecedented mass protests against treason on February 1, interrupted democratic change in South-east Asia.
An armored vehicle is moving near the Sule Pagoda, after days of protests against a military coup, in Yangon on February 14, 2021. (AFP)
Along with many protests across the country, military officials are facing a strike by government workers, which is part of a civil disobedience movement that cripples many government jobs.
Troops have been dispatched to power stations in the northern province of Kachin, sparking protests by protesters, some of whom say they believe the militia is trying to cut off electricity.
Security forces shot dead protesters outside a single plant in the provincial capital, Myitkyina, a live video broadcast on Facebook was shown, although it was not clear whether they were using rubber bullets or live ammunition.
On Sunday evening, armed vehicles appeared in the commercial capital of Yangon, Myitkyina and Sittwe, the provincial capital of Rakhine, which is the first major export of the vehicles since the uprising.
On Monday, more than 20 trucks and four water trucks were parked near the Sule Pagoda in central Yangon, a major commercial center in the commercial capital.
The government as well as the military could not be reached for comment.
Shortly after midnight, residents reported an internet outage. Also all of the four communication networks were inaccessible from 1am on Monday (1830GMT), they said. In the early days after the coup, the internet was cut off across the country.
The force has been holding people hostage at night and on Saturday has given them a lot of power to keep people safe and search people’s property.
“It’s as if the generals have declared war on the people,” UN special spokesman Tom Andrews tweeted.
The Night raids; increasing arrests; as well as many rights have been taken away along with some Internet censorship and the military ceremonies are entering communities. He said that these are the signs of despair and that the generals will pay attention: YOU WILL be held accountable.
Western diplomats – from the European Union, Britain, Canada and 11 other countries – issued a statement late Sunday urging security forces to “stop the violence against protesters and civilians, who are protesting the overthrow of their official government”.
The U.S. ambassador to Myanmar had earlier urged U.S. citizens to “take refuge in their territory”, citing reports of Yangon military operations. It also warned that there could be a nighttime phone call between 1:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.
“The Internet ban in #Manmar is now operational and for all major operators, it is reported that by 9am,” said Alex Warofka, Facebook’s human rights and freedom of expression manager, he tweeted after the internet. has stopped.
In a recent statement of staff disruptions, the Department of Aviation Management said in a statement that many employees had stopped coming to work since February 8, causing delays in international flights.
The pilot, who asked not to be named for fear of reprisals, said hundreds of employees from the department had gone on strike. Troops surrounded the Yangon International Airport on Sunday night, he said.
Trains in some parts of the country also stopped running after workers refused to go to work, local media reported.
The municipality has ordered public servants to return to work, threatening action.
Richard Horsey, a Myanmar-based analyst with the International Crisis Group, said the work of many government departments had been successful.
He said that this could also disrupt the important functions and that the military can replace engineers and doctors, but not the power grid controllers and bankers.
About 400 people have been detained since the coup, the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners said.