Anger over arrests in Myanmar at anti-coup protests

Anger over arrests in Myanmar at anti-coup protests
A demonstrator is detained by police officers during a protest against the military coup in Mawlamyine, Myanmar February 12, 2021. Source: REUTERS
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Daily US Times: Opponents of Myanmar’s military take over sustained mass protests for an eighth straight day on Saturday as continuing arrests of the critics of the Myanmar military added to anger over the detention of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Thousands of people marched in the business hub, Yangon, while protesters took to the streets of the capital Naypyitaw. Protests also held the second city Mandalay and other towns a day after the biggest protests so far in the Southeast Asian country.

“Stop kidnapping at night,” was among the banner held up by protesters in Yangon in response to arrest raids in recent days.

The United Nations(UN) human rights office said on Friday more than 350 people, including officials, monks and activists, have been arrested in Myanmar since the February 1 coup, including some who face criminal charges on “dubious grounds”.

Journalist Shwe Yee Win, who had reported on opposition to the coup in the western town of Pathein, was taken away by police and soldiers on Thursday and had not been heard from since, her TimeAyeyar news website and her mother said.

“I am really worried,” said Thein Thein, now looking after her daughter’s one-year-old child.

“Her son is in trouble now since she was breastfeeding him. She didn’t even get chance to put on her shoes before they took her,” she said.

Myanmar government did not respond to requests for comment on the arrests.

Anger in the country has been fuelled by videos showing more arrests of government critics – including a doctor who was part of the civil disobedience movement. Some arrests have took place during the hours of darkness.

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