In a single unverified picture, a protester might be seen huddling below a makeshift defend as he holds onto the shirt of a fallen fellow demonstrator.
At the least 16 individuals had been killed in different areas across the nation on Sunday, together with within the second metropolis of Mandalay and in Bago, the place state media stated a police officer had died of a chest wound after a confrontation with protesters, Reuters reported. That is the second policeman reported lifeless within the protests.
The weekend’s fatalities deliver the dying toll because the coup to at the very least 126 individuals, in keeping with the AAPP.
The Chinese language Embassy in Myanmar stated a number of Chinese language-funded factories had been smashed and set ablaze in Yangon’s industrial zone throughout protests Sunday. Chinese language residents had been additionally injured, in keeping with the embassy
It’s unclear who the perpetrators had been and no group has claimed accountability for the fires.
“China urges Myanmar to take additional efficient measures to cease all acts of violence, punish the perpetrators in accordance with the legislation and make sure the security of life and property of Chinese language corporations and personnel in Myanmar,” CGTN quoted the embassy assertion.
Anti-coup protesters have been suspicious of China, with frequent demonstrations focusing on the Chinese language embassy in Yangon and protesters accusing Beijing of supporting the coup and junta.
Whereas China has not outright condemned the army takeover, it backed a United Nations Safety Council assertion saying it “strongly condemns the violence in opposition to peaceable protestors” and known as on the army to “train utmost restraint.”
In its assertion Sunday, China known as on protesters in Myanmar to specific their calls for lawfully and to not undermine bilateral ties with China.
Following the bloodshed, the army junta imposed martial legislation in Hlaingthaya, one of many metropolis’s largest districts that is dwelling to many poor manufacturing unit staff, in keeping with state-run information channel MRTV. Native media reported that martial legislation has additionally been declared in Yangon’s Shwepyithar district. On Monday, the army declared martial legislation in an extra 4 Yangon townships of North Dagon, North Okkalapa, South Dagon and Dagon Seikkan — areas the place a lot of the metropolis’s factories are positioned.
Martial legislation below the junta’s regime means the army commander of the Yangon area is given “full administrative and judicial authority” in districts the place martial legislation is said, in keeping with native media outlet Myanmar Now.
Cellular networks remained “disabled nationwide” regardless of restoration of web connectivity on Monday following a shutdown for the twenty ninth consecutive evening, in keeping with web monitoring service NetBlocks. Protesters and journalists have relied on their cell phones to dwell stream demonstrations and doc police crackdowns.
‘Individuals have the proper to defend themselves’
As protests proceed all through Myanmar, the chief of a gaggle of lawmakers ousted by the army has vowed to pursue a “revolution” to overturn the ruling junta.
Talking publicly for the primary time Saturday, Mahn Win Khaing Than, who was speaker of the higher home of Parliament earlier than the coup, stated in a video handle on Fb, “That is the darkest second of the nation and the second that the daybreak is shut.”
“To be able to type a federal democracy, which all ethnic brothers, who’ve been struggling numerous sorts of oppressions from the dictatorship for many years, actually desired, this revolution is the possibility for us to place our efforts collectively,” Mahn Win Khaing Than, who’s an ethnic Karen, stated.
He additionally stated that the civilian authorities would “try to legislate the required legal guidelines in order that the individuals have the proper to defend themselves” in opposition to the army crackdown, Reuters reported.
The army considers the CRPH unlawful and has warned that anybody discovered cooperating with them will face treason expenses. The CRPH has declared the Myanmar army a “terrorist group,” in keeping with Reuters.
On Sunday, the UN Secretary-Normal’s Particular Envoy on Myanmar Christine Schraner Burgener launched an announcement condemning the “persevering with bloodshed within the nation because the army defies worldwide calls, together with from the Safety Council, for restraint, dialogue and full respect for human rights and elementary freedoms.”
“The Particular Envoy has personally heard from contacts in Myanmar heartbreaking accounts of killings, mistreatment of demonstrators and torture of prisoners over the weekend,” she stated.
Why is Myanmar protesting?
The now-reformed election fee denied there was any proof mass voter fraud.
It was solely the second democratic vote because the earlier army junta started a sequence of reforms in 2011, following half a century of brutal army rule that plunged Myanmar, then often known as Burma, into poverty and isolationism.
Regardless of the hazard, 1000’s of younger protesters have continued to defy the army. The demonstrations are dominated by younger individuals who have grown up with a degree of democracy and political and financial freedoms their dad and mom or grandparents did not have, and say they’re preventing for his or her future.
CNN’s Hira Humayun and Richard Roth contributed reporting.