/ 16 February 2021

Crackdown in Myanmar on the cards

An increase in military presence across Myanmar’s cities is fuelling concerns of a crackdown on hundreds of thousands of protesters who are voicing their opposition to the 1 February coup. Over the last couple of days, armoured vehicles have been patrolling city streets while clashes between authorities and protesters have turned violent. Overnight, the military warned citizens that they face up to 20 years in prison if they are obstructed. United Nations official Tom Andrews said the military was “declaring war” on the people of Myanmar. It comes as the country’s leaders have extended the 2-week detention of deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi. She is expected to face court via video tomorrow on charges of the illegal possession of walkie talkies. #SquizShortcut

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