World Myanmar protesters undeterred after deadliest day since coup
Myanmar protesters live in fear of nighttime arrests during an internet blackout
Many citizens in Myanmar have told CNN they are terrified of being dragged from their beds in nighttime or early morning raids, which have become frequent occurrences since the military coup.By day, thousands of people across the country join vibrant demonstrations calling for the military, which seized power in a coup on February 1, to hand back power to civilian control and release ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi. They defiantly bang pots and pans, beat drums, wave creative signs and march en masse through the streets. Government and factory workers have gone on strike to join a growing civil disobedience movement against the takeover.
Exactly one month after Myanmar's military junta staged a coup against the country's democratically-elected leaders, including 75-year old Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, thousands of anti-coup protesters hit the streets again in angry defiance on Monday. They did so despite the deadliest day of police aggression: On Sunday, Myanmar's , according to the United Nations.
In Yangon, the country's most populous city and former capital, some demonstrators threw Molotov cocktails at police. Others snuffed out smoking tear gas canisters fired by security forces. Videos posted to social media showed several people with bullet wounds being rushed away from protest sites to waiting ambulances in the southeastern town of Dawei.
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CBS News Asia correspondent Ramy Inocencio said one video showed one man whose limp body was bundled into an ambulance amidst shouting onlookers after a bullet pierced both his back and stomach.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken reiterated the Biden administration's support for the protesters in Myanmar, which is also known as Burma, in a tweet, saying the White House condemned the security forces' "abhorrent violence against the people of Burma & will continue to promote accountability for those responsible."
"We stand firmly with the courageous people of Burma & encourage all countries to speak with one voice in support of their will," said the top U.S. diplomat.
Killing of protesters fuels anti-coup demonstrations in Myanmar
Three people have now been killed by security forces defending the military's takeover, but the deaths are only adding fuel to the pro-democracy movement's fire.The massive show of people power has yielded images that have gone viral on social media around the world, as peaceful demonstrators defied a foreboding warning from the military junta that seized power early this month.
On Monday, the country's top civilian leader Suu Kyi, appeared in court via videoconference. It was the first time the public has seen her since her arrest on February 1. The pro-democracy icon was charged with two new offenses on Monday in what critics interpret as a clear attempt to sideline her from power forever: one allegation linked to inciting civil unrest, another to violating communications laws.
She had earlier been charged with illegally possessing six walkie-talkies and violating a law linked to coronavirus social distancing.
In his first interview with a U.S. television network, Suu Kyi's lawyer told CBS News the junta's charges were purely political.
"Without any restraint I can say that it is politically motivated... to erase her from the political scene of the country," Khin Maung Zhaw told Inocencio.
Asked if he feared Suu Kyi could spend the rest of her life in prison, Zhaw replied: "I don't fear about this because if she was kept in prison and kept until the end of her life, she will be a martyr. Up to now, she is a hero… a heroine. When she dies in sacrifice then she will become a martyr. A martyr is more dangerous."
Myanmar police deploy early to crank up pressure on protests
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Police in Myanmar on Saturday escalated their crackdown on demonstrators against this month’s military takeover, deploying early and in force as protesters sought to assemble in the country's two biggest cities. Myanmar’s crisis took a dramatic turn Friday on the international stage when the country’s ambassador to the United Nations at a special session of the General Assembly declared his loyalty to the ousted civilian government of Aung San Suu Kyi and called on the world to pressure the military to cede power.
She would not be alone.
Memorials have already started to rise where pro-democracy protesters fell over the weekend. Families and friends have started to hold funerals which may serve to catalyze even more anger against Myanmar's military — which hundreds of thousands of people would like to see buried instead.
If the junta does hold onto power, Suu Kyi's lawyer said that Myanmar's democratic "failure" would "not be a nuisance to the world, but a danger to the world."
"So to erase that danger, we ask every country of the world to help push forward a civilian government in this country."
Analysis: From land of promise to pariah state - Myanmar coup rattles foreign firms .
Analysis: From land of promise to pariah state - Myanmar coup rattles foreign firmsSINGAPORE (Reuters) - Shortly after the military seized power, 55 foreign investors in Myanmar from Coca Cola to Facebook signed a statement committing to the country and employees there during developments of "deep concern".