Fear and defiance at night-time arrests in Myanmar after coup

Fear and defiance at night-time arrests in Myanmar after coup
Mass protests in Myanmar entered their second week on Saturday. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: People in Myanmar are reacting with defiance as authorities use night-time raids to arrest individuals who are opposing the military coup.

Video footage showed people banging pans and pots to warn their neighbours of approaching security forces.

Mass protests have taken place in the country since the military seized control of the power on 1 February.

On Saturday, the army announced that arrest warrants had been issued for seven prominent opposition campaigners.

The campaigners are wanted under the rarely used charge of “disturbing tranquillity”. One of them is Min Ko Naing. He was one of the student leaders involved in the failed 1988 uprising against the then-military dictator. Mr Min Ko Naing has appeared in a social media video denouncing the use of night-time raids to make arrests.

The UN human rights office said on Friday that more than 350 people had been arrested since the coup.

Myanmar’s elected leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, is under house arrest.

The military junta on Saturday also suspended laws requiring court orders for detaining people longer than 24 hours and for searching private property.

BBC has reported that people in Myanmar were feeling “extremely insecure, anxious and uncertain about what will happen next”.

Footage from Myanmar’s biggest city, Yangon, showed people chanting and alerting neighbours as security vehicles approached. In a video shared with Reuters, crowds could be seen surrounding and marching alongside police vehicles.

The videographer told the Reuters news agency the crowd had at least once made the police turn back from driving in the direction of West Yangon Hospital.

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