Myanmar protesters urge central bankers to boycott junta

Myanmar protesters urge central bankers to boycott junta

On Monday Myanmar's junta deployed extra troops around the country, including armoured vehicles in Yangon, and choked the internet as it intensified a crackdown on anti-coup protests, but defiant demonstrators again took to the streets.

Public concern has already been heightened for the past few nights by what many charge is the military's manipulation of criminals released from prison to carry out nighttime violence and stir up panic.

Ambassadors from the United States, Britain and other Western countries issued a joint statement on Sunday, calling on Myanmar's security forces to "refrain from violence against demonstrators and civilians".

They condemned the arrests of political leaders and activists as well as the military's interference with communications.

People should inform the police if they spot any of the seven people named and will be punished if they shelter them, the army's True News information team said in a statement on its Facebook page on Saturday. "The world is watching".

Suu Kyi, detained since the February 1 coup against her elected government, had been expected to face a court on Monday in connection with charges of illegally importing six walkie-talkie radios but a judge said her remand lasted until Wednesday, her lawyer, Khin Maung Zaw, said.

The junta, led by Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, said it stepped in because the government failed to properly investigate allegations of fraud in last year's election, which Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party won in a landslide. The election commission said there is no evidence to support the military's claims.

There was no official word about why armored personnel carriers traversed the streets of Yangon in broad daylight Sunday, making their way through busy traffic.

Trains in parts of the country also stopped running after staff refused to go to work, local media reported.

The army shut down the internet nationwide from 1 a.m.to 9 a.m. Monday. "Social media is very quiet now", she tweeted ON Monday.

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There was no official word as to why, but the USA embassy in Myanmar urged American citizens to "shelter in place", citing reports of the military movements in Yangon. In the early days after the coup, the internet was cut across the country.

Monday holds the prospect of two flashpoints for the political standoff.

The coup and arrest of Nobel Peace Prize victor Suu Kyi and others have sparked the biggest protests in Myanmar in more than a decade, with hundreds of thousands coming on to the streets to denounce the military's derailment of a tentative transition to democracy. Her freedom is a major demand of the protest movement. He has not been able to make contact with Suu Kyi.

More than a week since protesters began filling the streets of Myanmar to protest a military coup, those demonstrations show no signs of stopping. Protesters also gathered around the central bank, asking people to join a boycott of the military leadership.

"This has the potential to also affect vital functions - the military can replace engineers and doctors, but not power grid controllers and central bankers", he said.

The U.S., especially after President Joe Biden announced sanctions against the military regime, is regarded as an ally in the protesters' struggle against the February 1 coup. They accuse Beijing of propping up the military regime and applaud Washington's actions sanctioning the military.

Protesters in Yangon, the country's biggest city, again congregated at Hleden intersection, a key crossroads from which groups fanned out to other points, including the embassies of the United States and China.

Eight days of street demonstrations are estimated to have drawn hundreds of thousands of people to the streets despite the threat of six months' imprisonment for violating an order banning gatherings of five or more people.

The army has been carrying out nightly arrests and has given itself sweeping search and detention powers.

Since the cases were filed with the court, the global community has condemned them. In response, the military on Saturday ordered civil servants to return to work.

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