Anti-coup protesters in Myanmar came together for a 10th day on Monday amidst fears of a clampdown after the military positioned military vehicles in city streets overnight. Detention of Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi was extended by two days leading to the deployment of additional soldiers.
Pictures and reports from Mandalay in northern Myanmar on Monday showed police and soldiers using rubber bullets and slingshots to scatter demonstrators.
The Internet started working in Myanmar at about 9am local time despite fears that shutdown might be used as a cover for mass detentions or violence. There was an increased presence of armed forces, including the infamous 77th light-infantry division which had hit protestors and was allegedly used live shells against them during the similar pro-democracy protests in 2007.
The number of people protesting on Monday was lower when compared to last week. Buddhist monks were also out on the roads alongside students and were seen protesting the illegal arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi. Meanwhile Myanmar soldiers searched the Yangon headquarters of Aung San Suu Kyi’s NLD party (pic below).
Also, a group of foreign chambers of commerce in Myanmar has joined local businesses, global internet companies and civil society organizations in expressing alarm over new cyber laws drafted by the junta.