It’s like the generals declared war on the people of Myanmar: late night raids; mounting arrests; more rights taken away; another closure of the Internet; military convoys entering neighborhoods,” he said. “These are signs of despair.The comments were released as the U.S. Embassy urged Americans to shelter in the country until Monday morning, as there were signs of “military movement” in Yangon City with the prospect of more interruptions of telecommunications overnight.
On Monday, the American Citizen Services of the U.S. embassy said demonstrations were continuing “with limited military presence located near large demonstration areas and the central bank in downtown Yangon.”NetBlocks said that from 9 a.m., Internet access was restored. After it announced a near-total shutdown overnight on Monday. The army, known as the Tatmadaw, seized control of the government in a Feb. 1 coup when the civilian leader of the nation, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, was arrested.
In November’s parliamentary elections, in which Suu Kyi’s party won in a landslide, the Tatmadaw declared a yearlong state of emergency to assume government authority while citing suspected fraud and irregularities.U Khin Maung Zaw, Suu Kyi’s attorney, told reporters Monday that the detention of his client, which was to end that day, had been extended to Wednesday, The Irrawaddy reported.
Days after her detention, Suu Kyi was charged with having illegal radio stations and was set to be held for two weeks.Protesters have protested against the coup and, according to human rights organizations, the military has reacted with rising levels of brutality, mounting arrests and legislating reforms to curb dissent. In a statement Sunday, the Myanmar Assistance Association for Political Prisoners said that at least 400 people, including nearly two dozen chairmen and members of the Union Election Commission from all 14 states and regions, were detained in connection with the coup.
Last week, the military junta also suspended laws protecting citizens’ property from being searched without a warrant by the authorities and forcing citizens to register visitors staying overnight in their homes.
According to Amnesty International, at least one person, a 19-year-old woman identified as Mya Thwe Thwe Khaing, has been shot. The non-governmental group based in Britain said the woman was shot in the side of the head during Wednesday’s protests.