Aung San Suu Kyi returns to court for second hearing

Henrietta Strickland
March 3, 2021

Individuals will not be allowed to withdraw more than 2 million kyat ($1,406) from their bank accounts while businesses will be allowed to withdraw up to 20 million kyat a week, according to a directive signed by central bank Deputy Governor Than Than Swe.

'We strongly condemn the escalating violence against protests in Myanmar and call on the military to immediately halt the use of force against peaceful protesters, ' Ravina Shamdasani, spokeswoman for the United Nations human rights office, said.

Journalists have found themselves targeted by police and soldiers as they try to capture the unrest on the streets.

The AP has called for his immediate release.

It is not clear what punishment the new charges might carry, but she could reportedly be barred from running in future elections if convicted.

However, according to some reports, the actual number of deaths could be higher.

In another development Monday, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing said during an address on state television that protest leaders and "instigators" would be punished. But in many cases, there was evidence posted online such as videos of shootings, photos of bullet casings collected afterwards and gruesome pictures of bodies.

The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners monitoring group estimates that security forces have killed about 30 people since February 1.

The military has steadily escalated the force used in trying to contain the uprising, beginning with tear gas and water cannons.

Some protesters called for destruction of surveillance cameras used by authorities, while others shared pepper spray recipes on social media for use if demonstrators are attacked by plain-clothes security personnel.

On Friday, at least three people there were injured, two of whom were shot in the chest by rubber bullets and another who suffered what appeared to be a bullet wound on his leg.

Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets regularly over the past month to oppose the coup.

The United States has been one of the most outspoken critics of the junta, and Secretary of State Antony Blinken again reacted with horror after Sunday's violence.

"As the military junta of Myanmar ratchets up its violence against the people, I believe it is imperative that the global community ratchet up its response", Andrews said.

USA officials including secretary of state Antony Blinken also condemned the violence.

Washington is among those that have levied sanctions, and Sullivan said it would "impose further costs on those responsible", promising details "in the coming days".

The takeover has reversed years of slow progress toward democracy after five decades of military rule. Suu Kyi's party would have been installed for a second five-year term in office, but the army blocked Parliament from convening and detained her and President Win Myint, as well as other top members of Suu Kyi's government.

The police also threw stun grenades outside a medical school in Yangon, Reuters reported.

Deeper in the neighborhood, protesters in hard hats, some armed with bats and steel rods, milled around, singing and chanting.

Right to peaceful protest "The people of Myanmar have the right to assemble peacefully and demand the restoration of democracy", said OHCHR spokesperson, Ravina Shamdasani, in a statement issued on Sunday.

The Canadian Embassy said it was "appalled by a trend of increased violence and use of force against protesters" and Indonesia, which has taken the lead within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in efforts to resolve the turmoil, said it was deeply concerned.

In the coastal town of Dawei, security forces opened fire on demonstrators in the middle of the road, witnesses said.

Among the "regular" civilians that are protesting, there are also teachers, medical professionals, and other people from essential services.


Police have resorted to harsher, preemptive action and dozens to hundreds of arrests to quell dissent and many have been taken to Insein Prison in Yangon's northern outskirts, historically notorious for holding political prisoners.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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