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World Myanmar activists hold shoe protests; another celebrity detained

08:15  08 april  2021
08:15  08 april  2021 Source:   reuters.com

Myanmar has become a global flashpoint as violence escalates. Here's what to know

  Myanmar has become a global flashpoint as violence escalates. Here's what to know Sanctions appear to inhibit Myanmar junta little as violence increasesA U.N. special envoy warned of an imminent "bloodbath" if the military doesn't end its brutal crackdown, which has taken the lives of hundreds so far.

Opponents of Myanmar ’s military junta sprayed red paint on roads in the country’s biggest city yesterday to mark the deaths of hundreds of “martyrs” killed by troops, as the crisis dragged on with no clear diplomatic solution in sight. Demonstrators woke early in Yangon to spray and splash pavements, roads and bus shelters with red paint in protest at a sweeping crackdown by security forces that has caused weeks of international outrage. “The blood has not dried,” said one message in red.

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar ’s ruling junta stepped up its campaign against celebrities who support nationwide protests against its seizure of power, publishing wanted lists in the state press and warning against using their work. The move follows weeks of escalating violence by security forces in breaking up street protests against the Feb. 1 coup that ousted the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi. At least 570 protesters and bystanders, including 47 children, have been killed since the takeover, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, which monitors casualties

(Reuters) - Myanmar security forces on Thursday arrested Paing Takhon, a model and actor who had spoken out against the coup, his sister told Reuters, as activists placed shoes filled with flowers in parts of Yangon to commemorate dead protesters.

Shoes are seen during Marching Shoes Strike in honour of the people who have been killed since the start of the military coup, in Yangon © Reuters/PHOTO OBTAINED BY REUTERS Shoes are seen during Marching Shoes Strike in honour of the people who have been killed since the start of the military coup, in Yangon a group of people standing around a fire: Anti-coup protesters burn a Chinese flag in Yangon © Reuters/STRINGER Anti-coup protesters burn a Chinese flag in Yangon

Troops opened fire on pro-democracy protesters on Wednesday, killing at least 15 people and wounding dozens, activists and media said.

Myanmar military denies responsibility for child deaths and says elections could be pushed back

  Myanmar military denies responsibility for child deaths and says elections could be pushed back "This is not a coup," said Maj. Gen. Zaw Min Tun from a gilded hall in Myanmar's purpose-built capital Naypyidaw, the city where his comrades recently ousted an elected government, detained the country's leadership, and installed a military junta. © Scott McWhinnie/CNN Major General Zaw Min Tun, spokesperson for the Myanmar military, at the Defense Services Museum in Naypyidaw, Myanmar on April 4, 2021.

Pro-democracy activists in Myanmar daubed red paint across the streets of Yangon on Tuesday, as the death toll from daily clashes between protestors and the military in the wake of the bloody coup reached at least 570. Anti-coup protestors held the demonstration to mark the deaths and injuries of hundreds of individuals since the military seized control of the country on February 1. Since the military coup began, over 2,700 people have been detained by security forces, 570 people have died, including around 50 children, and numerous injuries have been reported.

Protesters held banners and signs with Suu Kyi's image, some reading "We want our leader." Suu Kyi and other democratically-elected lawmakers were detained by the military in pre-dawn raids Monday. Many in the crowd gave the three-fingered salute -- a reference to the Hunger Thousands of critics, activists , journalists, academics and artists were routinely jailed and tortured during that time. Recently deposed civilian leader Suu Kyi shot to international prominence during her decades-long struggle against military rule. When her party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), won a landslide in

Nearly 600 civilians have been killed by security forces in the turmoil since the junta seized power from the elected government of Aung San Su Kyi in February, the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) said on Wednesday.

The advocacy group said 2,847 were currently being held in detention.

A spokesman for the junta could not be reached for comment.

Arrest warrants have been issued for hundreds of people, with the junta this week going after scores of influencers, entertainers, artists and musicians.

Paing Takhon, 24, a model and actor well-known in Myanmar and Thailand, was one of the latest to be detained among celebrities in the country. He had condemned the military's takeover and pledged support for Suu Kyi.

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  Myanmar’s army is turning guns on medics Fears of a failed state abound as hospitals close and EMTs dodge bullets.Anti-coup demonstrators gather tires to burn as they prepare to confront police during a protest in Tarmwe township, Yangon, Myanmar, April 1, 2021.

Myanmar activists plan fresh protests on Monday including a call for vehicle convoys to drive through intersections honking horns with occupants raising three-finger anti-coup salutes despite reports of security forces killing more people over the weekend. Media reported dawn protests in at least two parts of Later, one person was killed and another wounded in the country’s second city of Mandalay when security forces opened fire after residents tried to resist efforts by the military to set up a base in a school, the Myanmar Now news portal reported. At least 250 people have now been killed since the

(Reuters) - Myanmar activists held candle-lit vigils overnight after scores of deaths in recent days from a military crackdown on anti-coup protesters and clashes in ethnic border areas, as the United States ordered non-essential embassy staff to leave. At least 521 civilians have been killed in two months of There were also new candle-lit protests overnight in towns across Myanmar in defiance of a curfew and at least one dawn march on Wednesday by demonstrators, media reports said. Myanmar has been in turmoil since the army ousted an elected government led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi

a stack of flyers on a table: Shoes are seen during Marching Shoes Strike in honour of the people who have been killed since the start of the military coup, in Yangon © Reuters/PHOTO OBTAINED BY REUTERS Shoes are seen during Marching Shoes Strike in honour of the people who have been killed since the start of the military coup, in Yangon

His sister, Thi Thi Lwin, told Reuters that the military detained her brother at 4.30 am at their parents' home in Yangon, where he had been staying for several days while unwell.

The security forces came with 8 military trucks and about 50 soldiers and it was unclear where he had been taken, she said

Paing Takhon had been suffering from malaria and a heart condition, his sister said.

The country’s most famous comedian, Zarganar, was arrested on Tuesday, media reported.

'LOCKED OUT OF EMBASSY'

Overseas, diplomatic tussles emerged again on Wednesday.

Myanmar's ambassador to London Kyaw Zwar Minn said he was locked out of the embassy, with sources saying his deputy had shut him out and taken charge on behalf of the military.

People in Myanmar are using trash to protest as the death toll climbs to more than 500

  People in Myanmar are using trash to protest as the death toll climbs to more than 500 Trash was piled high in the streets of Myanmar's main city on Tuesday as demonstrators held a series of strikes attempting to paralyze the economy.Trash was piled high in the streets of Myanmar's main city, Yangon, on Tuesday, as demonstrators maintained a series of strikes in an attempt to paralyze the economy, according to Reuters. Participants initiated a new tactic this week, asking residents to leave their garbage at intersections throughout Yangon.

Demonstrators in Myanmar held protests demanding the restoration of Aung San Suu Kyi government on Monday, despite a violent police crackdown. Six people were killed at the weekend, according to activists , as police and soldiers used force to break up demonstrations. Protesters call for the release of detained Myanmar civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi during a demonstration on Monday.HANDOUT / AFP - Getty Images.

Myanmar protesters held candle-lit vigils for the scores killed in demonstrations against military rule, as Western countries imposed more sanctions on individuals and groups linked to last month’s coup and an ensuing brutal crackdown on dissent. Hundreds of people clutching candles held a rally in the Ahlone district of the country’s commercial hub of Yangon on Monday night, photographs on social media showed. At least 261 people have been killed by security forces attempting to quell weeks of pro-democracy protests in towns and cities across the country, according to the Assistance Association

Kyaw Zwar Minn has broken ranks with the ruling junta in recent weeks, calling for the release of detained civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

"It's a kind of coup, in the middle of London... you can see that they occupy my building," he told Reuters.

There have also been similar counter claims in embassies in other global centres and at the United Nations.

Meanwhile, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, leader of the army coup on Feb. 1, said in a statement on Wednesday that the civil disobedience movement, or CDM, had halted the working of hospitals, schools, roads, offices and factories.

"CDM is an activity to destroy the country," he said.

Fitch Solutions said in a report that Western sanctions targeting the military were unlikely to succeed in restoring democracy, but said the army was losing control.

It predicted a violent revolution pitting the military against an armed opposition comprised of members of the anti-coup movement and ethnic militias.

"The escalating violence on civilians and ethnic militias show that the Tatmadaw (military) is increasingly losing control of the country," it said.

The vast majority of people back Suu Kyi's ousted government, it added.

Suu Kyi and leading figures in her National League for Democracy party, which won an election in November that was annulled by the coup, are currently in detention facing various charges.

The United Nations' special envoy for Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener, hopes to visit the country in the next few days, a U.N. spokesman said in New York.

(Reporting by Reuters Staff; Writing by Ed Davies; Editing by Michael Perry)

Myanmar's military has underestimated the strength, will and bravery of its own people .
The veneer of the military's lies about the coup and crackdown is paper thin, as a CNN team saw on a recent trip with the permission of the military. We found a country exploding with anguish at the brutality of its illegitimate military leaders. On February 1, army chief Gen. Min Aung Hlaing seized control of the country in a coup, overturning a democratic election and detaining government officials including civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, whose National League for Democracy party had won by a landslide in recent elections, giving it a second term in power.

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