Western diplomats warn Myanmar military that 'the world is watching'

Western diplomats warn Myanmar military that 'the world is watching'”

Local media reported that rubber bullets were fired into the crowd and that a few people were injured. Police also arrested dozens of the young protesters, though some were later released.

"Remember, we don't swear at the police and don't sign anything at the police station", one student can be heard saying. It wasn't clear exactly how many students were rounded up, but estimates put the figure at between 20 and 40.

Engineers hold posters with an image of deposed Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi as they hold an anti-coup protest march in Mandalay, Myanmar.

Her detention was due to expire yesterday but her lawyer, Mr Khin Maung Zaw, told the media that a judge at a court in the capital, Naypyitaw, had said she was remanded until tomorrow.

Burma's military leaders extended the detention of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi until February 17, when she is expected to make a court appearance by videoconference. The authorities have previously sought with mixed success to block social networks, and also shut off access to the internet for about a day.

An armoured vehicle and about six trucks carrying soldiers were parked nearby, a witness said.

"Ongoing arrests of political leaders, government officials, civil society actors and media representatives are deeply concerning as are the restrictions on internet and communication services".

Some protesters posed for photographs in front of military vehicles while holding red signs that read "Join in CDM".

Neither has been seen in public since they were detained in dawn raids on February 1, the day of the coup.

Much of the country has been in uproar since soldiers detained Aung San Suu Kyi and her top political allies, ending a decade-old fledgling democracy after generations of junta rule.

Hundreds of Catholics including dozens of nuns marched on the streets of Yangon on February 14 and recited prayers and the rosary.

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A man speaks with police during a crackdown on anti-coup protesters in Mandalay, Myanmar.

In a special session at the Human Rights Council in Geneva, the original resolution presented by Britain and the European Union was revised to remove calls to bolster the ability of a United Nations rights expert to scrutinize Myanmar and for restraint from the country's military.

Parts of the country have in recent days formed neighbourhood watch brigades to prevent the arrests of residents joining the civil disobedience movement. The military is allowed to appoint its members to 25 per cent of seats in Parliament and it controls several key ministries involved in security and defence.

Tensions have risen in Myanmar following mass protests, with some residents reporting an internet outage in the early hours of Monday.

Military leader Min Aung Hlaing suspended laws requiring warrants for home searches as part of several legal manoeuvres announced on Saturday.

UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar Thomas Andrews tweeted, "it's as if the generals have declared war on the people of Myanmar: late night raids; mounting arrests; more rights stripped away; another Internet shutdown; military convoys entering communities".

More than a week since protesters began filling the streets of Myanmar to protest a military coup, those demonstrations show no signs of stopping.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on Myanmar's military and police to make sure the right to peaceful assembly was respected and demonstrators were not subjected to reprisals.

"She has conveyed to the Myanmar military that the world is watching closely, and any form of heavy-handed response is likely to have severe consequences".

A joint statement from the US, British and European Union ambassadors urged security forces not to harm civilians.

Myanmar's army is hunting for seven well-known supporters of protests against this month's coup and they face charges over comments on social media that threaten national stability, the army said on Saturday.

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