Armored vehicles on streets to suppress mass protests in Myanmar



International Desk, Barta24.com, Dhaka
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Myanmar's military government is tightening its grip on anti-coup protests. On Sunday (February 14) security forces opened fire to disperse protesters in the northern state of Kachin, the BBC reported.

The Internet has largely been shut down in Myanmar to quell mass protests. Army armored vehicles have started patrolling the streets in big cities. A military junta-era law has been re-enacted since Saturday night.

According to the law, if any guest comes to the house at night, the authorities have to be informed. The law allows security forces to arrest any suspect and search any home without the court's permission.

The United Nations has accused the military of waging war against the people. Tom Andrews, the UN special envoy for the human rights situation in Myanmar, said Myanmar's military must be held accountable.

Western embassies have called on the military to exercise restraint.

"We urge the security forces to refrain from violence against protesters, who are protesting for their legitimate government," said a statement signed by the European Union, the United States and the United Kingdom.

Armored vehicles were seen plying the roads in the commercial city of Yangon, Mitkina and Rakhine state capital Sittwe shortly after noon on Sunday.

The U.S. embassy in Myanmar has asked Americans to stay in safe places. Myanmar government workers have also stopped working in protest against the coup and demanding Suu Kyi's release.

Train service has been disrupted in some parts of Myanmar as workers have stopped going to work.

Myanmar's military overthrew the civilian government on February 1 in a coup. Against which mass protests have been going on for the last nine days.