Martial Law Announced in Parts of Myanmar's Largest City

Martial Law Announced in Parts of Myanmar's Largest City”

A high-ranking NLD politician who served as speaker of the house during Suu Kyi's previous administration, he was placed under house arrest during the February 1 power grab, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners monitoring group. It announced a law to that effect on Sunday.

More than 80 people had been killed and over 2,100 arrested as of Saturday in widespread protests against the military coup on February 1, the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners advocacy group said.

Hlaing Thar Yar was the location of 22 civilian deaths on Sunday, according to the aid group, which said more than a dozen civilians were wounded and described a large number of junta forces engaged in the township.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also called for the global community "including regional actors, to come together in solidarity with the people of Myanmar and their democratic aspirations", his spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Monday.

The ongoing brutality "severely undermines any prospects for peace and stability" in the country, she said.

Meanwhile, protesters have found a new symbol of resistance to the junta: tattoos.

Funerals of dead protesters were due to take place on Tuesday including in Yangon. Previously, the services were only turned off at night.

Suu Kyi, 75, has been detained since the coup and faces various charges, including illegally importing walkie-talkie radios and infringing coronavirus protocols.

What is Ms Suu Kyi charged with?

"We call for an immediate cessation of this violence and for the military regime to hand back power to those democratically elected by the people of Myanmar", British Ambassador Dan Chugg said. But Sunday's announcement was the first use of martial law since the coup and suggested more direct handling of security by the military instead of police.

With the death toll increasing protesters have begun to hold candlelit vigils
With the death toll increasing protesters have begun to hold candlelit vigils

The junta "gives administrative and judicial martial law power to the Yangon regional perform security, maintain the rule of law and tranquillity more effectively", said an announcer on state-run TV.

The bulk of the earlier deaths on Sunday came from a clash in a garment-producing district in the capital Yangon where multiple Chinese-owned factories were razed, drawing a sharp rebuke Monday from Beijing, which urged Myanmar to "resolutely avoid a recurrence of such incidents".

The state-run Myanmar News Agency, which like most other media in the country is controlled by the military, reported that five factories were set afire in Hlaing Thayar, a factory area to the west of Yangon.

Chinese-funded factories were reportedly set on fire on Sunday as resentment against Beijing grows in Myanmar.

In Yangon, hundreds of people demonstrated in different parts of the city after putting up barricades of barbed wire and sandbags to block security forces.

Supporters of detained democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi marched again on Monday including in Mandalay and the central town of Myingyan where police opened fire, two witnesses said.

Video showed protesters holding handmade shields and wearing helmets as they confronted security forces in the Hlaingthaya district of the city.

Zhao said Myanmar security forces had reinforced the area around the factories.

The embassy confirmed that as of Monday, a total of 32 Chinese-invested companies have been attacked, causing damages worth about 240 million yuan and leaving two Chinese employees injured, according to state media reports in China. It has been declared treasonous by the junta.

Many opponents of the coup have slammed China for its refusal to condemn the takeover or violence against protesters in Myanmar, viewing Beijing as supportive of the military, reported WSJ. On nearby country roads, a long convoy of motorcyclists carried the protest message through villages.

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