Yangon, February 15
Security forces in Myanmar pointed guns toward anti-coup protesters and attacked them with sticks on Monday, seeking to quell the large-scale demonstrations calling for the military junta that seized power earlier this month to reinstate the elected government.
More than 1,000 protesters rallied in front of the Myanmar Economic Bank in Mandalay when at least 10 trucks full of soldiers and police arrived and immediately started firing slingshots toward the protesters.
In Naypyitaw, protesters gathered outside a police station where a group of high school students were detained for protest.
Military leaders extended detention of deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi, whose remand was set to expire and whose freedom is a key demand of the protesters since the February 1 coup. Suu Kyi will now be remanded until February 17, when she will likely appear in court by videoconference, according to Khin Maung Zaw, her lawyer.
The Nobel laureate remains under house arrest on a minor charge of possessing unregistered imported walkie-talkies. Meanwhile, the civil disobedience movement has seen doctors, engineers and others refusing to work until the military returns the country to civilian rule. The military has faced worldwide criticism for the coup. — PTI
Protesters face up to 20-yr jail
- Myanmar’s military has announced that anti-coup protesters can face up to 20 years in prison if they obstruct the armed forces
- Long sentences and fines will also apply to those found inciting hatred or contempt towards army leaders
- The legal changes were announced as armoured vehicles appeared in several cities across the country ians