Myanmar's Suu Kyi detained on remand until February 17: lawyer

Protests Continue In Myanmar As Military Tightens Grip On Country

The military has arrested protesters en masse nightly since demonstrations began.

Fear of arrest did not deter big crowds from returning to streets around the country for a ninth straight day of street protests on Sunday.

The soldiers and police then attacked the protesters with sticks, and police could be seen aiming long guns into the air amid sounds that resembled gunfire.

They shot into the crowd as well as into the homes and shops of people who were watching the attacks from inside, Myanmar Now's reporter on the ground there said. Police also were seen pointing guns toward protesters.

Striking workers who spearheaded the campaign are among at least 400 people to have been detained since the coup, the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners monitoring group said.

Images posted on social media showed people injured by what appeared to be rubber bullets. It wasn't clear exactly how many students were rounded up, but estimates put the figure at between 20 and 40.

Despite the deployment of armoured vehicles and soldiers to some major cities at the weekend, protesters have kept up demonstrations to denounce the February 1 takeover and demand the release of detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi and others.

Domestic media showed protestors gathering in the capital, Naypyitaw, many carrying pictures of Suu Kyi with the message, "We want our leader", according to Reuters.

Her detention was due to expire yesterday but her lawyer, Mr Khin Maung Zaw, told the media that a judge at a court in the capital, Naypyitaw, had said she was remanded until tomorrow. Five journalists reporting on the incident were allegedly arrested.

In the Christian stronghold of Kachin state, nuns stood at the entrance of a church compound while holding placards stating "No to dictatorship" and "Listen to the voices of people" while protesters swarmed the streets of Myitkyina, the state's capital city, on February 14.

Myanmar declared martial law in parts of the country, including its two largest cities, as protests continued to draw people to the streets after the military staged a coup.

At the central bank in Yangon, several hundred protestors held up signs calling for colleagues to join the civil disobedience movement, and stating their refusal to accept the coup.

An armoured vehicle and about six trucks carrying soldiers were parked nearby, a witness said.

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As well as the demonstrations in towns and cities, a civil disobedience movement has brought strikes that are crippling many functions of government. "Free our leader", one sign read.

An emergency session of the UN Human Rights Council on Friday called for the new regime to release all "arbitrarily detained" people and for the military to hand power back to Suu Kyi's administration.

Protesters chanted for the release of detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Saturday as Myanmar's military sought to quash the unrest by blocking internet access.

The state election commission refuted that contention, saying there is no evidence to support it.

But fresh protests again flared in the city, including near the central bank where troops were deployed.

On Monday morning in Yangon's Sule Pagoda, which has been the epicenter of demonstrations against the coup, the police deployed a dozen trucks with four of them containing water cannons.

The country's new military leadership has so far been unmoved by a torrent of global condemnation.

Other protesters carried signs urging people to boycott businesses linked to the military.

On Sunday, the military published penal code amendments aimed at stifling dissent and residents reported an internet outage after midnight on Sunday which lasted until about 9 am.

"It is very heart-rending", said Thant Zaw Htun, 45, originally from Yangon and now an employee at a recruitment agency, referring to the protests in Myanmar.

In a special session at the Human Rights Council in Geneva, the original resolution presented by Britain and the European Union was revised to remove calls to bolster the ability of a United Nations rights expert to scrutinize Myanmar and for restraint from the country's military.

Schraner Burgener spoke to Myanmar's Deputy Commander-in-Chief, Soe Win, on Monday and conveyed Guterres' growing concern at the military's increasing use of force and arrests of political leaders, government officials and others, Haq said.

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