Demonstrators gathered in Myanmar‘s largest city, Yangon, on Monday to show support for at least 200 students trapped in a small area by security forces, defying the 8 p.m. curfew.
The military has swept part of Yangon’s Sanchaung neighbourhood as they conducted door-to-door searches for those who seek shelter in empathetic strangers’ houses.
On the same day, the military also said the licenses of five local media companies who covered the protests have been revoked. They are Mizzima, DVB, Khit Thit Media, Myanmar Now and 7Day News.
“These media companies are no longer allowed to broadcast or write or give information by using any kind of media platform or using any media technology,” it said through the government-owned MRTV channel.
The military junta protests have seen more than 50 fatalities. At least 18 people were shot dead on February 28 and 38 on March 3, according to the UN Human Rights Office.
Many peaceful protesters on Mar8th were trapped in Sanchaung and now polices are commiting Illegal night raids without warrants in Sanchaung, Yangon at 1:30AM local time. Multiple shots were fired to prevent backup protesters from other township. #WhatsHappeninglnMyanmar pic.twitter.com/kezvWtOxrK
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