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Buddhist group signals break with Myanmar military after deadly violence

Buddhist group signals break with Myanmar military after deadly violence”

Regional media outlets and social media posts reported new peaceful protest marches Wednesday in Taungoo, Thayet, Myingyan, and Madaya, all in central Myanmar; Tamu, in the northwest near the border with India, and Pyay, on the Irrawaddy River northwest of Yangon.

The families of dozens of people killed in clashes between Myanmar security forces and anti-coup protesters prepared to hold funerals on Tuesday after candle-lit vigils overnight in defiance of a curfew.

By Monday, authorities had imposed martial law on six townships, including the Hlaingthaya suburb.

In its most forthright condemnation of the military's bloody crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrations, the government-appointed body also said in a draft statement its members meant to halt activities in an apparent protest.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was appalled by the escalating violence "at the hands of the country's military" and called on the worldwide community to help end the repression, his spokesman said.

Myanmar has been in turmoil since the military ousted Aung San Suu Kyi's elected government on February 1 and detained her and other members of her party, drawing widespread global condemnation.

"Casualties are drastically increasing", said the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), which has been tracking the situation since the February 1 coup, in its daily update.

A junta spokesman did not answer telephone calls to seek comment.

Police in several Yangon neighborhoods on Tuesday night continued their aggressive patrols, firing in the air, attacking several individuals and conducting raids on the homes of suspected protesters.

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The military regime has declared martial law in parts of the country's largest city.

The martial law announcement stated that military commanders in Yangon would take over administration of districts, including the courts, MRTV said. It has promised to hold a new election, but has not set a date.

The United Nations said Monday at least 138 peaceful protesters have been killed in Myanmar since the Feb 1 military coup. She is also charged with illegally possessing six unregistered walkie-talkie radios, operating communications equipment without a license, violating COVID-19 protocols by holding public gatherings and attempting to incite public unrest.

Western countries have condemned the violence and Asian neighbors have offered to help resolve the crisis but Myanmar has a long record of rejecting outside intervention.

Several factories, many of which are Chinese-owned, were set on fire on Sunday by unknown parties, provoking the ire of Beijing.

Two doctors said there were still wounded people in need of medical attention in the area, but the army had blocked access. Its embassy urged Myanmar's generals to stop the violence.

A representative for Fast Retailing, known for its Uniqlo brand of casual clothing stores, confirmed that fires had broken out on Sunday at two factories used in the manufacture of its apparel. Unlike Western powers, China has not condemned the coup and, along with Russian Federation, has prevented the UN Security Council from denouncing the military's actions.

China "is very concerned about the impact on the safety of Chinese institutions and personnel... the actions of these outlaws are not in the interests of Myanmar and its people", he said.

The UN yesterday decried surging deaths in Myanmar since the coup, warning that detained protesters were facing torture and hundreds had disappeared.

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