Myanmar military on the streets as internet cut off

Myanmar military on the streets as internet cut off
Armoured vehicles have appeared on the streets of several cities, including Yangon (pictured). Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: Armoured vehicles of Myanmar military have appeared on the streets of several cities in the country amid signs the military is preparing a crackdown on opposition to the coup it carried out on 1 February.

The internet was almost entirely shut down from 18:30 GMT.

The security forces fired shots at a protest in the northern state of Kachin.

A UN official accused the Myanmar military of “declaring war” on the people.

The UN special rapporteur on Myanmar, Tom Andrews, said the generals were showing “signs of desperation” and would be held accountable.

Western embassies urged the Myanmar military to show restraint.

A statement signed by the US, UK and EU said: “We call on security forces to refrain from violence against demonstrators, who are protesting the overthrow of their legitimate government.”

The military takeover removed the civilian government led by Aung San Suu Kyi. Her party National League for Democracy (NLD) won a resounding victory at the election in November, but the military said the vote was fraudulent.

Ms Suu Kyi is now under house arrest and hundreds of activists and opposition leaders have also been detained.

Hundreds of thousands of protesters rallied against the military for the ninth day in a row in the country.

In the city of Myitkyina, in Kachin state, shooting could be heard as security forces clashed with anti-coup protesters. It was not clear whether live rounds or rubber bullets were being fired.

Five journalists were among those arrested.

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