Myanmar Coup: Soldiers shoot sporadically as Suu Kyi’s detention lingers

Obinwannem News Myanmar Coup: Soldiers shoots sporadically as Suu Kyi's detention lingers

Security forces fired shots on Sunday (yesterday), to scatter demonstrators who were protesting the release of the country’s de facto leader Aung Suu Kyi from detention.

In the second week of the protest, troops were deployed to alter the demonstration; heavy, armored vehicles on ‘show of force,’ soldiers fired rubber bullets into the crowd. But, no incidence of death so far, although a good number of casualties were recorded.

Internet connectivity, since the coup was executed, has been intermittent. It had been stalled for a long time, but reports revealed the internet was restored yesterday.

Obinwannem News had reported the Myanmar Coup: UN Security Council holds emergency meeting. and how US declares sanction against Myanmar military The latter would prevent the Generals from accessing more than $1bn in Myanmar government held in the United States.

Protesters welcomed the sanctions, adding that tougher action was needed to push the miltary out of power and force it to recognize the Aung Suu Kyi’s landslide victory in the November elections.

The civilian leader Suu Kyi’s detention was set to expire on Monday, but reports confirmed by the lawyer, Kuim Maung Zaw announced that she would be further detained for more two days.

Min Aung Hlain , who led the coup, promised last week in a televised speech that new elections would be held to a bring a “time and disciplined democracy,” but did not specify when it would take place .

The Generals have maintained the actions are legally justified, and have cited an article in the constitution that allows the millitary to take over in times of emergency.

Anti-coup protesters rallied through the streets holding signs with pro-democracy slogan, many of them with the pictures of Suu Kyi. Many of the protesters have been arrested since the demonstration started. Also, many personalities of Suu Kyi’s National League of Democracy (NLD) party were reportedly detained including the leadership of Myanmar electoral commission, the commission rejected the claim of widespread fraud in the November elections.

At the same time, the government has announced that at least 23000 prisoners has been pardoned , or have been issued short sentence.

Lolo Ijeoma Njoku reporting, Obinwannem News

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