Myanmar troops on the streets as internet cut off

2021-02-15 at 04:41

Armoured vehicles have appeared on the streets of several cities in Myanmar 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 1am local time. In the northern state of Kachin, the security forces fired shots at a protest – the ninth day of anti-coup demonstrations across the country.

Across the country, hundreds of thousands of protesters rallied against the military for the ninth day in a row. A UN official accused the military of “declaring war” on the people.

Western embassies urged the military to show restraint.

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

The coup in Myanmar removed the civilian government led by Aung San Suu Kyi.

Her party won a resounding victory at the election in November, but the military said the vote was fraudulent. Suu Kyi is now under house arrest.

Hundreds of activists and opposition leaders have also been detained.