Myanmar Fails To Stop Action Even as It Cracks Down on Protesters, Journalists

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1000 demonstrators against last month's military seizure of power in Myanmar emerged cautiously today under the streets of the country's second largest city. Those in the vanguard carrying homemade shields bearing images of the three thinkers salute the movement symbol of defiance. The protest at Mandalay took place even though security forces have shown little reluctance to use lethal force to break up crowds. Those who marched gathered for just a few minutes before dispersing to avoid a possible confrontation. With riot police. Another group made him mobile protests. Driving through the streets on motorbikes. The protesters have adapted their tactics and response to the escalating violence from security forces, including the firing of live ammunition at crowds. The government's crackdown has left more than 50 protesters dead. But his failed to slow the widespread protests against the February 1st coup that ousted the elected government of Aung San Suu Cheap. According to the Myanmar based Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, more than 1800 people have been arrested in connection with the coup. Dozens of journalists have been arrested, including CNN's awe of The Associated Press has been charged under a public order law that carries a penalty of after three years in prison. According to local news reports and social media and what has become a daily occurrence in Myanmar Protests. Marches were held today in cities and towns across the country. Their actions came after a dramatic night and Yang gone when thousands of residents broke the eight p.m. curfew to show support for a group of protesters who had been trapped by police in an enclave of streets. They came out of their homes, saying songs against the coup and banged pots, pans and other implements together partly in the hope of diverting police from the hunted. Protesters estimated two numbers 200 Witnesses said Several dozens of those who had such shelter in the city's song strong neighborhood were arrested, but others made their way home at dawn several hours after police withdrew from the area. More from reporters. Simon marks what does the military in me and ma want to happen there now that they've seized power and a brutally suppressing protests demanding the freedom of the leaders of the National League for Democracy, the party led by unsung sushi that decisively won last autumns elections in the country. In the short term. Of course, it's apparent that they wanted to stop the new NLD government from taking power, but how much ongoing control do they want to play over affairs in the strife torn country? I think they've been just generally really surprised by how many seats energy has one solid. Jeffrey is non resident scholar in the Asia program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. And we mean question all of us are asking is whether the military intense to revert to a direct and complete control of the country. As it did in the bust, or or tweak the current system off indirect dominance in a way that addresses their insecurities. About holding on to power and the promise of fresh elections and appalling the 2000 and eight constitution that they've been making since the cool suggest that they are really leaning towards maintaining indirect control by designing new rules that would cut down in these Dominance in the parliament and give a boost to the to the military lined BST party, she says One piece of evidence pointing to that conclusion is the appointment of a new election commission that the military directly controls replacing the independent commission that preceded it. Simon Marks reporting

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