Armoured vehicles deployed to major Myanmar cities after mass protests

Yangon (HRNW) Security forces in Myanmar deployed armoured vehicles in major cities on Monday two weeks after the military overthrew the elected government and detained its leader, Aung San Suu Kyi sparking the biggest protests in more than a decade.

Suu Kyi’s detention on charges of illegally importing six walkie-talkie radios is due to expire on Monday. Her lawyer, Khin Maung Zaw, could not be reached for comment on what was set to happen.

The internet was resorted on Monday morning after an overnight suspension.

Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets across the country for the past nine days to denounce the Feb. 1 coup, which derailed the Southeast Asian country’s tentative transition to democracy, and to call for Suu Kyi’s release.

The unrest has revived memories of bloody outbreaks of opposition to almost half a century of direct army rule, which ended when the military began a process of withdrawing from civilian politics in 2011.


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