Highlights:

  • The Internet has been banned in Myanmar.
  • Several protestors in Yangon, Monywa, and Myitkyina held candlelight vigils to pay tribute to the dead.
  • The Myanmar military had detained the pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other top leaders of NLD party.

For the eighth consecutive day, the Myanmar military has continued its internet blackout. This comes ahead of another day of planned protests on Monday.

Reportedly, on Sunday, the protest claimed the lives of three protestors. It was marked as the deadliest day of nationwide protests which has continued for over two weeks. As a consequence, several protestors in Yangon, Monywa, and Myitkyina held candlelight vigils to pay tribute to the dead. Meanwhile, the military continued its crackdown against the demonstrators.

As per sources, both Mandalay and Yangon have become the epicenter of protests. Over there, the demonstrators have been seen clashing with authorities. Myanmar’s military had replaced the democratic government on February 1 in a coup as it arrested pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other top leaders of her NLD party.

During the protest, the protestors have been demanding a return to democracy and freedom for Suu Kyi. However, the military has continued its clampdown and declared a state of emergency for one year. According to the military, there was voter fraud in the November elections which were won by Suu Kyi’s NLD party.

Meanwhile, several world leaders have condemned the ongoing violence in Myanmar. “The use of lethal force, intimidation, and harassment against peaceful demonstrators is unacceptable,” stated the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Previously, Canada, Britain, and the United States had sanctioned the Myanmar generals. “On Monday, the European Union foreign ministers will meet to discuss measures against Myanmar’s military regime,” an official said.

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