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Myanmar: 18 dead in pro-democracy demonstrations
Protest against military coup (9 Feb 2021, Hpa-An, Kayin State, Myanmar)
Protest against military coup (9 Feb 2021, Hpa-An, Kayin State, Myanmar) Credit: Ninjastrikers, via Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

At least 18 people have been killed and more than 30 others injured in Myanmar during nationwide pro-democracy demonstrations against the military coup, the United Nations said in a statement on Sunday. According to the UN, security forces fired live ammunition at crowds in the two largest cities of Yangon and Mandalay, as well as in Dawei, Bag, Myeik and Pokokkuo. At least 85 medical workers and students and seven journalists were also arrested during the demonstrations.

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Myanmar: European Union threatens sanctions against military junta
Protest in Myanmar against Military Coup
Protest in Myanmar against Military Coup Credit: MgHla (aka) Htin Linn Aye (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

According to a joint statement released after EU foreign ministers met in Brussels on Monday, the bloc is poised to impose sanctions against the military leaders in Myanmar.

The Council called again on the military authorities to "immediately and unconditionally release President U Win Myint, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and all those who have been detained or arrested in connection with the coup."

In a press release, the Council stated, "the EU stands ready to adopt restrictive measures targeting those directly responsible for the military coup and their economic interests."

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Myanmar's military blocks Facebook claiming it destabilizes the country
Myanmar's military blocks Facebook claiming it destabilizes the country
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The new military leadership in Myanmar has ordered a temporary block on the online network Facebook, through which its opponents called for civil disobedience after Monday's coup. Local telecommunications providers were ordered Wednesday by the Ministry of Transport to block access to Facebook until the end of the week. The platform was contributing to the destabilization of the country, it said in justification

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Coup in Myanmar: Military arrests Aung San Suu Kyi
Coup in Myanmar: Military arrests Aung San Suu Kyi
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Following continued criticism of the election results in Myanmar, the military is seeking to overthrow the government. Myanmar's de facto head of government Aung San Suu Kyi, President Win Myint and other high-ranking members of the ruling party were arrested by the army early this morning, a spokesman for the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) said.

The military confirmed the arrests and declared a state of emergency. Control had been taken over for a year, military television said. Power had been handed over to Min Aung Hlaing, commander-in-chief of the armed forces. The army justified the action with alleged election fraud.