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Suu Kyi payments claimed as Myanmar junta raises pressure

Suu Kyi payments claimed as Myanmar junta raises pressure

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A Myanmar construction magnate with links to military rulers has claimed he personally gave more than half a million dollars in cash to deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi in a broadcast on state television aimed at discrediting the ousted civilian governmentByThe Associated PressMarch 18, 2021, 9:59 AM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleMANDALAY, Myanmar -- A Myanmar construction magnate with links to military rulers said he personally gave more than half a million dollars in cash to deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi in a broadcast on state television aimed at discrediting the ousted civilian government.The statement by Maung Waik could pave the way for more serious charges against Suu Kyi, who has been detained since the Feb. 1 military takeover while security forces...
EXPLAINER: Myanmar media defiant as junta cracks down

EXPLAINER: Myanmar media defiant as junta cracks down

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Myanmar's military-controlled government is suppressing media coverage of protests against its seizure of powerBy ELAINE KURTENBACH Associated PressMarch 9, 2021, 8:39 AM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBANGKOK -- Myanmar’s military-controlled government is seeking to suppress media coverage of protests against its seizure of power as journalists and ordinary citizens strive to inform people inside and outside of the country about what is happening.Authorities on Monday canceled the licenses of five local media outlets that had been offering extensive coverage of the protests, attempting to fully roll back such freedoms a decade after the country began its faltering transition toward democracy.The government has detained dozens of journalists since the Feb. 1 ...
UN Human Rights Office says 18 killed in Myanmar crackdown

UN Human Rights Office says 18 killed in Myanmar crackdown

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YANGON, Myanmar -- Security forces in Myanmar opened fire and made mass arrests Sunday as they sought to break up protests against the military’s seizure of power, and a U.N. human rights official said it had “credible information” that at least 18 people were killed and 30 were wounded.That would be the highest single-day death toll among protesters who are demanding that the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi be restored to power after being ousted by a Feb. 1 coup. About 1,000 people are believed to have been detained Sunday.“Deaths reportedly occurred as a result of live ammunition fired into crowds in Yangon, Dawei, Mandalay, Myeik, Bago and Pokokku,” the U.N. Human Rights Office said in a statement referring to several cities, adding that the forces also used tear gas, flash-bang...
Myanmar coup: Military takes country offline for second night

Myanmar coup: Military takes country offline for second night

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Getty ImagesAccess to the internet appears to have been blocked for a second night running by Myanmar's new military rulers. UK-based monitor NetBlocks reported a "near-total internet shutdown" from 01:00 local time (18:30 GMT) on Tuesday. It is the fourth shutdown since the 1 February coup as the junta tries to stifle dissent, much of it online.Earlier, the military authorities announced stiff penalties for those opposing the coup leaders. Signs that another outage was imminent came after an internet service provider told BBC Burmese that online access was being blocked. The latest shutdown follows a pattern aimed at disrupting continuing opposition to the coup, which overthrew elected leaders including longtime democracy campaigner, Aung San Suu Kyi, who is still in custody.Access to Fac...
Myanmar coup: Protesters face up to 20 years in prison under new law

Myanmar coup: Protesters face up to 20 years in prison under new law

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ReutersMyanmar's military has warned anti-coup protesters across the country that they could face up to 20 years in prison if they obstruct the armed forces.Long sentences and fines will also apply to those found to incite "hatred or contempt" towards the coup leaders, the military said.The legal changes were announced as armoured vehicles appeared on the streets of several cities.Hundreds of thousands of people have taken part in protests in recent days.The demonstrators are demanding the release from detention of their elected leaders, including Aung San Suu Kyi, and the restoration of democracy in Myanmar, also known as Burma.What will the military do now?The shooting of a young protester'Down with the military - release our leaders!' On Monday, Ms Suu Kyi's lawyer said she would be det...