Despite tanks on the streets and attempts at intimidation by the army, thousands of people in Myanmar continued to protest against the coup in their country. The military is apparently cracking down on the demonstrators: At a mass rally in the city of Mandalay in the north of the country, shots were reportedly fired.
The news portal “Frontier Myanmar” quoted a reporter saying that police officers and soldiers also shot randomly into houses. Bleeding people could be seen in photos on social networks.
The protesters reportedly behaved peacefully. It was still unclear whether live ammunition or rubber bullets were used and whether there were deaths. Videos on Twitter showed police marching through the streets with batons.
The reporter also reported numerous arrests. Allegedly, soldiers and police officers shot at demonstrators and used slingshots even before they left their vehicles.
In Yangon, police gathered forces and water cannons near the Sule Pagoda, a central location in the center. Protesters gathered in front of the National Bank and the Chinese Embassy. In front of the bank, hundreds of people held up placards in silence calling on employees to also practice civil disobedience.
In the capital, Naypyidaw, police arrested around twenty students protesting on the side of the road. Pictures on social media showed protesters chanting slogans when they were arrested. “Remember, we don’t insult the police and we don’t sign anything at the police station,” one of the students shouted.
Two weeks after the coup, the junta had massively increased the military presence over the weekend in view of the ongoing mass protests.
The re were numerous armored military vehicles in the largest city of Yangon and in Mandalay.
The protesters are calling for the restoration of the civilian government of Aung San Suu Kyi.
A court on Monday extended Suu Kyi’s detention pending a hearing on Wednesday. Her lawyer announced that.