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On Wednesday (7 April), residents of Myanmar stormed a protest camp in anti-coup operations, said local media reported that several demonstrators had been killed and injured, activists challenged bloody crackdown and internet blockade by the junta.

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Since the February 1 coup which ended a short period of civilian democracy and provoked national strikes and protests, Myanmar has been in chaos, in spite of the military’s use of fatal force to soften the resistance.Violence broke out as soldiers entered a site on Wednesday in the city of Kale in the Saigang region, a haven of unrest where protesters requested that the civilian government of Aung San Suu Kyi be restored, a citizen told Reuters.
News outlets quoted testimonies that victims and repeated gunfires were there.

Three people were killed and Facebook images of a fire were posted near parked vehicles and soldiers with guns on the street, according to the Mizzima news outlet.

The resident of Kale told the witnesses who took photos of five dead bodies to give him information. The information cannot be verified independently by Reuters.The mostly young movement is being severely affected by restrictions on broadband wireless internet and mobile information services, including the ability to conduct anti-coup campaigns and share information over social media and instant messaging.

Fixed-line services are still available to few in Myanmar.
“Myanmar has been subject to a stepwise collapse into the information abyss since February,” Alp Toker, founder of internet blockage observatory NetBlocks told Reuters on Wednesday. “Communications are now severely limited and available only to the few.”With the press stopped, protestors tried to get their messages across by making their own daily A4 newsletters that were digitally share and printed for public distribution. They also tried to get their message across.

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Dr Sasa, who heads a parallel administration of remnants of the administration of Suu Kyi, said, in a declaration that his lawyer would present proof of military atrocities to various human rights bodies of the United Nations (UN).He stated that lawyers for the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Committee (CRPH) were given 180,000 evidence and would meet with representatives of an independent inquirical mechanism for Myanmar on Wednesday.

Some 581 people including dozens of young people have been shot dead by police and troops since the coup, and security forces have arrested nearly 3,500 people and 2,750 people have been detained (AAPP).

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Junta ‘losing control’

Hundreds of people were given arrest warrants, with this week’s junta pursuing numerous influencers, entertainers, artists and musicians.

On Tuesday, local media reported that the country’s most popular comedian, Zarganar, was arrested.

UK Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi spoke on Wednesday after her British counterpart was meeting in Jakarta about how British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab could support the Southeastern Asian effort to resolve the Myanmar crisis.

Indonesia has led to high-level regional talks on Myanmar among several southeast Asian countries.In response to the coup, detentions and the use of deadly force against demonstrators, Western countries including the United States, Great Britain and Australia imposed or tightened sanctions on general and military military personnel.

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It is expected that the European Union will do so.

Russia, which supported the ruling military council of Myanmar, said that on Tuesday the West risked to launch a civil war in the country with sanctions imposed on the military junta.

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In a report published on Wednesday, Fitch Solutions said it was impossible to restore democracy with target Western sanctions alone.It anticipated a violent revolution in the medium term between the military on the one hand and an armed opposition of anti-coup movement members and ethical militia on the other.

Some ethnic armies, which control large swathes of the Burmese border regions said that they can no longer stand, because the junta kills people.

Myanmar was heading for a failed state, Fitch said.“The escalating violence on civilians and ethnic militias show that the Tatmadaw is increasingly losing control of the country,” it said, adding that the vast majority of people backed the parallel government.

Source: Reuters

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