Protesting Myanmar's military takeover

Protesting Myanmar's military takeover

"They said there was vote fraud but look at the people here now", said Khin who was among thousands gathering at the Sule Pagoda, a central protest site in the main city of Yangon.

The lawyer also said it is unclear how he can get Suu Kyi to sign a power of attorney letter that would empower him as her defense lawyer if the proceedings were held via video conferencing.

Wednesday's crowds came in defiance of more violent efforts by the regime to bring resistance to heel, following nationwide street protests and a disobedience campaign encouraging civil servants to strike.

The 75-year-old is to remain in custody until her first hearing.

"We need to show our unity and strength to end military rule".

The UN expert on human rights in Myanmar has warned of the prospect for major violence as demonstrators gather again to protest the military's seizure of power.

Protesters in Yangon were met with military trucks full of troops, riot police, water-cannon trucks and armoured personnel carriers.

While the military did not say why the internet was blocked, there is widespread speculation that the government is installing a firewall system to allow it to monitor or block most or all online activity.

United Nations special rapporteur Tom Andrews warned that reports of soldiers being brought into Yangon could lead to the situation there spiralling out of control.

The last two nights have seen the Internet in Myanmar go down from 1am to 9am, and Wednesday was no different. "I am terrified that given the confluence of these two developments - planned mass protests and troops converging - we could be on the precipice of the military committing even greater crimes against the people of Myanmar". A protester who was shot in the head in Naypyitaw last week is not expected to survive.

Myanmar's military on Tuesday guaranteedthat it would hold an election and hand power to the victor, denying that its ouster of an elected government was a coup anddenouncing protesters for inciting violence and intimidatingcivil servants.

An army statement said protesters had thrown stones at police, injuring some officers.

Suu Kyi now faces a charge of violating a section of Myanmar's Natural Disaster Law, Khin Maung Zaw told local media.

The Nobel Peace laureate, detained since the February 1 coup, now faces a charge of violating a Natural Disaster Management Law as well as charges of illegally importing six walkie talkie radios. "After that, we will take action according to the law", Zaw Min Tun said.

Asked about the detention of Nobel prize victor Suu Kyi andthe president, he said the military would abide by theconstitution.

She and deposed President U Win Myint were both arrested after the coup.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab also criticised the move and repeated the UK's call for the country's political leaders to be freed.

Western powers and the United Nations have repeatedly condemned the leaders of Myanmar's new military administration, which insist they took power lawfully.

Monks on the march Saffron monks holding a banner walk during a protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar on Tuesday.

"Our objective is to hold an election and hand power to the winning party", the spokesman for the ruling council said via Facebook Live, according to Reuters.

"It's not like they were arrested - they are staying at their houses", the general, who became the country's vice-minister of information after the coup, said during a press conference Tuesday.

The military said its takeover and declaration of a state of emergency was in line with the constitution that paved the way for democratic reforms.

On Tuesday, Chinese Ambassador Chen Hai said the situation in the country was "absolutely not what China wants to see" and dismissed rumours of Chinese involvement in the coup as "completely nonsense".

Suu Kyi's extended detention is likely to raise tensions between the military, which seized power in a coup on February 1, and demonstrators. The worldwide community has also called on the military to return power to the civilian government.

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