Tensions high as mass protests in Myanmar enter second week

Tensions high as mass protests in Myanmar enter second week”

The new U.S. sanctions target Min Aung Hlaing and other top generals, after President Joe Biden announced his administration was cutting off the military's access to $1 billion in funds.

"Due to unscrupulous persons' incitement, some civil service personnel have failed to perform their duties", he said in a statement.

Further measures would be imposed if the military deploy more violence against protesters, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said.

"Min Aung Hlaing had already been sanctioned, so ..."

The statement gave no specific end date.

The army takeover that brought a decade-old democracy to an end has unleashed a storm of anger and defiance, with huge daily protests bringing urban centres around the country to a standstill.

"As a sovereign country in a world of sovereign states, the Philippines can not stress strongly enough the primacy of national internal efforts towards democratic reforms, and never by the imposition of foreign solutions whether in regional or multilateral contexts, including through this Council", it said. Doing so would put pressure on China to illustrate what kind of role it will play on global issues and crises as its economy and military advance over the next decade.

Meanwhile, hundreds of monks led a prayer session in front of the USA embassy.

"As the people of Myanmar demonstrate their remarkable courage and resolve, let us demonstrate our support of them and the principles and values that they are fighting for", he added. Protesters have been met with a police crackdown, including arrests, shooting and the use of water cannons, injuring dozens.

Myanmar media has also reported how China's state-owned Xinhua News Agency described the military replacing elected ministers after the coup merely as a "major Cabinet reshuffle".

One group swarmed a hospital in the city of Pathein, 190 kilometers (almost 120 miles) west of Yangon, after rumors that a popular local doctor would be taken.

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More than 384 people have been detained since the coup, the monitoring group Assistance Association for Political Prisoners said, in a wave of mostly nightly arrests.

Than Min Htut told AFP on Saturday he was still free and would continue participating in a civil disobedience campaign opposing military rule.

People in Yangon skirted a junta ban on Facebook to organise neighbourhood watch groups that warned of rumoured arrests.

They signalled calls to gather outside buildings by banging pots and pans, a nightly phenomenon in the days after the coup that is traditionally associated with driving out evil.

Speaking to FMT, spokesmen for North-South Initiative and Fortify Rights said Putrajaya should instead protect them.

While China and Russian Federation opposed attempts to politicise the situation in Myanmar and called it a domestic matter, many Western countries, the United Nations human rights office and others condemned the coup and said a state of emergency must end. The response should also include taking a robust, coordinated approach with allies on human-rights issues while putting pressure on China, Myanmar's largest trading partner and investor.

So far, the generals appear undeterred by the widespread condemnation on the streets and from the worldwide community.

Like several others named, she worked with Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD), which won a landslide in a November election the army alleged to be tainted with fraud - an accusation dismissed by the electoral commission.

United Nations warned that any sanctions imposed over the coup in Myanmar must be "carefully targeted".

He said that to send these migrants back would be classified as refoulement under worldwide law, defined as the forced return of refugees or asylum seekers to a country where they are liable to experience abuses.

NLD press officer Kyi Toe said on Facebook that there were eight people living at her home and she was healthy.

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