Myanmar coup latest: UN envoy 'remains ready' to meet junta despite refusal

YANGON/BANGKOK — Myanmar’s navy on Feb. 1 detained State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint within the nation’s first coup since 1988, bringing an finish to a decade of civilian rule.

The Suu Kyi-led National League for Democracy had gained a landslide in a general election in November. But the navy has claimed the election was marred by fraud.

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Tuesday, April 13

2:00 a.m. As many as three-quarters of Myanmar troopers oppose the junta’s suppression of protests however are too afraid to overtly resist, Britain’s The Times reports, citing a defector.

The defector says that if all-out preventing breaks out between the 2 sides, many troopers would break ranks.

Monday, April 12

11:40 p.m. United Nations group members in Myanmar specific concern “over reports of the use of heavy artillery against protesters, the U.N. secretary-general’s spokesperson says, following reports that more than 80 people were killed in rifle grenade attacks in Bago, northeast of Yangon.

“The Secretary General reiterates his deep concern concerning the developments in that nation,” Stephane Dujarric tells reporters. “The most up-to-date experiences of violence and killings by safety forces are appalling.”

The secretary-general’s special envoy to Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener, is traveling in Southeast Asia and “stays prepared to go to Myanmar on the earliest alternative,” Dujarric says.

2:30 p.m. One lawyer of the defense team for ousted democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi is allowed to participate today in her trial, conducted virtually. The court in Naypyitaw accepts six lawyers as representing Suu Kyi for the charges alleged by the junta against her. Suu Kyi and Myanmar’s deposed president, Win Myint, ask authorities to arrange a meeting with the lawyers in person so they can consult on legal strategy.

Migrants protesting in opposition to the junta in Myanmar maintain an image of chief Aung San Suu Kyi, throughout a candlelight vigil at a Buddhist temple in Bangkok on March 28.

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2:00 p.m. The worth of the nation’s foreign money the kyat against the U.S. dollar has dropped 14% within the two months because the coup. As a end result, the native value of gasoline has jumped greater than 20% and imported meals have additionally turning into costly, as shoppers face inflationary strain.

10:00 a.m. Military’s armed forces launch early-morning assault on civilians in Tamu township close to the India-Myanmar border. The civilians are resisting; no deaths or accidents have been reported to this point.

The nation’s navy forces are mentioned to attempt destroying fences surrounding the bases of native protesters, a few of whom armed with looking weapons and air weapons. A journalist who initially got here from the township says these semi-armed protesters now join with — and just lately obtained coaching from — armed groups in India.

6:00 a.m. The residents of Yangon be part of the flashlights strike protest.

Sunday, April 11

6:37 p.m. The European Union’s high diplomat mentioned Russia and China had been hampering a united worldwide response to Myanmar’s navy coup and that the EU might provide extra financial incentives if democracy returns to the nation. “It comes as no surprise that Russia and China are blocking the attempts of the U.N. Security Council, for example to impose an arms embargo,” EU overseas coverage chief Josep Borrell mentioned in a weblog put up. “Geopolitical competition in Myanmar will make it very difficult to find common ground,” mentioned Borrell, who speaks on behalf of the 27 EU member states. “But we have a duty to try.”

Activists maintain placards as they collect outdoors Myanmar’s Embassy in Washington throughout protests in opposition to the navy coup on April 10.

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Another scene from the April 10 demonstration in Washington in opposition to the Myanmar coup.

Saturday, April 10

10:00 p.m. The United Nations in Myanmar says it’s monitoring continued escalation of violence in opposition to civilians in Bago with “heavy artillery.”

The U.N. in Myanmar calls on “the security forces to allow medical teams to treat the wounded,” citing experiences that medical therapy is being denied to the injured.

6:00 p.m. Myanmar’s ethnic armed teams attack a police station in Shan State, in northeast Myanmar, killing 14 cops, a neighborhood media outlet Irrawaddy experiences. The website is positioned alongside a freeway linking Mandalay, the nation’s second largest metropolis, and Musee, a metropolis on the Chinese border. If the clashes proceed on this space, it might have an effect on commerce with China.

According to media experiences, the assault was carried out by a joint power of the Arakan Army, the Ta’ang National Liberation Army and the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army. The three forces issued an announcement on the finish of March saying that they may cooperate with the protesters for “self-defense against the Myanmar army” if killing of civilians is sustained.

Security officers stroll down the road throughout crackdown in Bago, Myanmar April 9.

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5:00 p.m. The loss of life toll from Friday’s military crackdown in Bago rises to 82, native media Myanmar Now experiences, citing a supply shut to Bago charities counting the casualties. Some residents say our bodies are piled up inside a faculty and pagoda compound.

10:30 a.m. Fresh financial knowledge from personal analysis teams counsel that Myanmar’s economy is deteriorating more sharply than feared after the Feb. 1 coup, with heightened dangers of hovering inflation, collapsing commerce and elevated poverty.

10:00 a.m. Multiple native media retailers report no less than 60 civilians had been killed and lots of injured in a navy crackdown in Bago on Friday. Not a couple of residents of the town fled from their houses to close by villages as forces continued taking pictures into the evening. Bago is alleged to have develop into the town with the best variety of casualties because the navy coup.

1:20 a.m. Myanmar’s navy turns down a request by U.N. particular envoy Christine Schraner Burgener to go to the nation. She is at the moment in Bangkok.

“I regret that Tatmadaw answered me yesterday that they are not ready to receive me,” she says on Twitter, referring to the Myanmar navy. “I am ready for dialogue. Violence never leads to peaceful sustainable solutions.”

United Nations headquarters in New York.

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Friday, April 9

11:00 p.m. A navy tribunal sentenced 19 people to loss of life for killing one navy member and injuring one other in Yangon, the nation’s largest metropolis, state navy tv experiences. The defendants can’t attraction the decision after martial regulation was declared in areas of the town final month.

According to state tv, the loss of life sentence was handed down on Thursday. The two navy personnel and others had been attacked with knives and sticks in Yangon’s North Okkalappa district on March 27, when the nation marked Armed Forces Day. Of the 19 folks sentenced to loss of life, 17 are nonetheless at massive.

10:58 p.m. The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations requires “concrete action” in opposition to the junta, noting that “statements alone are not enough to stop the military from threatening the security of the region.”

“These steps include sanctions against the military, its holding companies, and anyone who seeks to profit off the violence,” Linda Thomas-Greenfield says at a U.N. Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Burma. “They include maintaining an arms embargo on Burma. And they include ensuring that members of the military who engage in atrocities and other abuses against their own people will be held to account.”

10:58 p.m. The United Nations director at Human Rights Watch urges Russia and China — everlasting members of the Security Council — to do extra to condemn the junta on the Arria-Formula Meeting on Burma.

“Myanmar security forces have killed more than 600 protesters since the coup,” says Louis Charbonneau. “When it comes to a vote on a resolution, China and Russia should consider whether their global standing will benefit by siding with a military accused of genocide and committing new atrocities every day.”

8:50 p.m. Celebrity performing couple, Pyay Ti Oo and Eaindra Kyaw Zin, are arrested at their residence on a cost of supporting the civil disobedience motion in opposition to the junta, State Media MRTV pronounces. The arrest comes after the junta final week started publishing a most-wanted list of celebrities who had declared their help for protesters on social media.

7:30 p.m. At least 40 individuals are reportedly killed within the newest spherical of the navy’s crackdown to cease ongoing protests, though a correct loss of life toll is unsure as a result of the our bodies can’t be collected due to incessant taking pictures, accordingly to native media experiences.

Meanwhile in Bago, 1000’s of residents flee their houses to escape the violence.

5:45 p.m. Elections will probably be held in inside two years to return the nation again to democracy, Junta spokesperson Zaw Min Tun says.

An picture posted on social media reveals a metallic half mentioned to have been discovered on Friday within the Bago area shut to Yangon.

3:30 p.m. Protesters in Myanmar trade images of a metallic fragment discovered on the bottom within the Bago area, an hour’s drive from Yangon. Some say on social media that the fragment appears like part of a rocket and was used to shoot protesters in Bago, whereas a neighborhood journalist says an analogous half was present in 2019 within the southwestern state of Rakhine the place the navy and a neighborhood militant group had fought in 2016-2018.

3:00 p.m. Junta spokesperson Zaw Min Tun says in a press convention that authorities operations will quickly return to regular, including the navy council is working to obtain peace and safety in the entire nation and that ministries will probably be up and working quickly.

2:30 p.m. Sasa, an envoy of the Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw, has mentioned at a video conference with the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan that “one phone call from Beijing, one phone call from Moscow can stop these military generals.” He added: “That’s what we are asking them to do before this bloodbath happens in the coming days.”

The navy is alleged to have used SU-30 fighter jets equipped by Russia to conduct airstrikes in Karen State, hitting villages and colleges and killing civilians.

12:30 p.m. Britain will permit Kyaw Zwar Minn, Myanmar’s ousted ambassador to the U.Ok., to keep on whereas he decides his future after being locked out of his personal embassy, Reuters reported, citing the overseas workplace.

10:00 p.m. Thailand-based satellite tv for pc firm PSI has introduced that “DVB TV channel and Mizzima TV channel were cut off temporarily for public security.” Authorities and ward directors are anticipated to announce that every one the PSI satellites dishes and gadgets present in civilian possession will probably be confiscated.

Thursday, April 8

11:44 p.m. The United Nations secretary-general’s particular envoy for Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener, will journey to Southeast Asia this week, the U.N. chief’s spokesperson says.

Schraner Burgener will first journey to Thailand to meet with officers there, Stephane Dujarric tells reporters. She is “consulting on visits to other ASEAN countries as well as other neighboring countries,” he provides.

A Myanmar citizen holds an image of chief Aung San Suu Kyi throughout a rally outdoors the United Nations venue in Bangkok on Feb. 7.

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The envoy “of course stands ready to resume dialogue with the military” and is ready “to visit Myanmar at any time,” the spokesperson additionally says, including the Schraner Burgener hopes to have entry to detained leaders together with President U Win Myint and State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi.

Dujarric additionally voices concern over preventing between authorities forces and ethnic armies in northeastern and southeastern elements of Myanmar.

10:25 p.m. At least six Myanmar lawmakers belonging to Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy are taking shelter in India, Reuters experiences, sight an adviser to the ousted civilian authorities.

9:57 p.m. The U.S. Treasury Department provides a Myanmar state-run provider of jade, a key cash maker, to its monetary blacklist.

The motion, the most recent by the Biden administration to limit the junta’s funding sources, targets Myanma Gems Enterprise, often known as Myanmar Gems Corp.

Mineral-rich Myanmar holds deposits of jade and rubies, in addition to gold, copper, tin and marble.

An investigation by corruption watchdog Global Witness estimated the scale of Myanmar’s jade business at up to $31 billion in 2014, or almost half of the nation’s gross home product, with many of the cash going to the navy and different elites that management the commerce, in accordance to a 2015 report.

According to the World Bank, major export markets for Myanmar’s in minerals in 2016 had been China, Indonesia, Thailand and India.

Jade retailers examine a chunk of the valuable stone being bought by a personal firm.

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6:34 p.m. Local media experiences that safety forces are confiscating PSI satellite tv for pc dishes and gadgets from residential homes and outlets in Mon State and Ayeyarwady Region.

The Democratic Voice of Burma and Mizzma, which have had their licenses revoked by the junta, will be seen on tv with PSI satellites.

5:48 p.m. The Irrawaddy experiences that the Chinese embassy in Myanmar has made contact with the CRPH, a committee representing elected lawmakers from the ousted National League for Democracy authorities.

The reported contact comes amid Beijing’s repeated requires all events in its southern neighbor to search a political decision to the present disaster via dialog.

The cellphone name is the primary contact between Chinese officers and elected lawmakers because the Feb. 1 navy takeover.

During the decision, a counselor from the embassy in Yangon reiterated the Chinese ambassador’s earlier feedback that the present scenario isn’t what China needs to see, and expressed concern for the security of Chinese residents and investments in Myanmar amid the escalating violence.

4:54 p.m. Malaysia’s authorities is underneath fireplace from the opposition and out of doors observers after its envoy to Myanmar met with a minister from the military junta in Naypyitaw, forcing an evidence from the Foreign Ministry.

3:00 p.m. San Marlar Nyunt, a lawyer on the authorized group representing Aung San Suu Kyi, tells Nikkei Asia that energy of legal professional had not been granted for the jailed democracy chief’s second courtroom listening to reportedly scheduled for in the present day. According to the lawyer, the subsequent listening to will probably be held on April 22.

12:50 p.m. Myanmar’s KBZ Bank announces that “customers can now check which KBZ ATMs are available” utilizing its KBZ Connect app.

11:00 a.m. BBC Burmese experiences {that a} courtroom listening to of detained democracy chief Aung San Suu Kyi will probably be held in Yangon in the present day. The listening to is anticipated to be about expenses relating to the nation’s official secrets and techniques regulation. It will probably be her second courtroom because the Feb. 1 coup.

10:00 a.m. VOA Burmese experiences that yesterday’s navy crackdown resulted in at least 12 civilians killed in Kalay and 5 in Taze.

5:00 a.m. Male mannequin movie star Paing Takhon has been arrested, his supervisor says on Facebook. Paing Takhon had been included in a listing of celebrities the junta claimed had been “spreading news to affect State stability.” With the sixth launch of the record, which started on April 2, the overall variety of celebrities included hit 120 final evening.

A widely known Myanmar mannequin, Paing Takhon, takes half in an anti-coup protest in entrance of Chinese Embassy in Yangon on Feb. 12.

1:30 a.m. Myanmar’s ambassador to the U.Ok. has been locked out of his nation’s Embassy in London, Reuters experiences, weeks after he broke with the navy authorities by calling for the discharge of detained chief Aung San Suu Kyi.

An individual walks previous the Embassy of Myanmar, in London on March 28.

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“An ambassador is a diplomat,” Ambassador Kyaw Zwar Minn wrote in an announcement dated March 8 and revealed on the Embassy’s web site. “He therefore chooses the diplomatic path. The answer to the current crisis can only be at the negotiation table.”

“Diplomacy is the only response and answer to the current impasse,” the ambassador additionally wrote. The assertion stays on the Embassy web site.

A Twitter video purportedly reveals the scene outdoors the Embassy on Thursday native time.

Wednesday, April 7

10:15 p.m. Myanmar’s junta has placed at least 100 celebrities on its wanted list for allegedly inciting protests in opposition to its seizure of energy, taking goal at these with massive social media followings.

The Global New Light of Myanmar reserves a full web page for the day’s 20 wished celebrities, publishing the hyperlinks to their Facebook pages and their profile images. The tactic suggests the junta is intently monitoring the social media postings of outstanding folks to discourage help for the protests in opposition to the Feb. 1 coup.

A Myanmar native stroll previous the Myanmar Plaza shopping center in March 2016 in Yangon. A small explosion, feels like grenade, reportedly happens on Wednesday.

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4:00 p.m. A small explosion has been reported in Myanmar Plaza, a significant shopping center in Yangon, BBC Burmese has reported. No damage has but been reported, and the explosion gave the impression of a grenade, in accordance to the BBC citing a mall tenant.

10:30 a.m. Security forces launch a morning raid utilizing heavy arms within the township of Kalay within the nation’s northwest, killing no less than eight civilians. Kalay is shut to the border with the Indian states of Manipur and Mizoram.

9:00 a.m. State-owned media pronounces an extra record of celebrities who’ve been charged for “spreading news to affect state stability.” This is the fifth launch of the lists, which started on April 2. Each record comprises the names of 20 folks and reveals the Facebook account and profile photograph of every “suspect,” indicating the navy’s intent to curb dissent revealed on social media.

1:15 a.m. An indication of how new types of media are bobbing up within the face of presidency restrictions.

1:00 a.m. The Myanmar-based Assistance Association for Political Prisoners says 581 folks have been killed by safety forces because the Feb. 1 coup, with 2,750 folks at the moment detained.

Myanmar’s junta chief, Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, rides in a parade on Armed Forces Day in Naypyitaw on March 27.

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Tuesday, April 6

11:00 p.m. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says the European Union is making ready sanctions that may “be applied very quickly” in opposition to the Myanmar navy’s financial pursuits.

Le Drian spoke to lawmakers in France’s legislature.

5:20 p.m. Security forces have arrested one in every of Myanmar’s best-known comedians, the Associated Press experiences, amid a crackdown on these the junta considers to be inciting protests. The comic often known as Zarganar, who’s 60 and has a historical past of activism, was taken from his residence in Yangon on Tuesday, in accordance to a fellow entertainer cited by AP.

Meanwhile, some protesters splashed pink paint across the nation’s largest metropolis, as a reminder that the junta has blood on its fingers. Earlier this morning, authorities broke up a protest by medical employees in Mandalay, AP experiences.

Myanmar comic and activist Zarganar in 2011: He was reportedly arrested at his residence in Yangon on April 6.

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Red paint is splashed on a Yangon avenue on April 6 — protesters’ manner of highlighting the bloodshed by the hands of safety forces.

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11:10 a.m. Youth teams from eight townships in Yangon ask the general public not to have fun the annual water competition referred to as Thingyan till the Southeast Asian nation’s democracy is restored. The competition is scheduled for April 13-16 and marks the start of the nation’s lunar New Year.

9:00 a.m. Myanmar’s state-owned newspaper says the federal government is offering vaccinations for diplomats from a number of nations, together with India, Brunei, North Korea, Nepal, the Philippines and Qatar. The article provides the vaccines had been bought via “public finance” and are provided “free of charge under the leadership of the Ministry of Health and Sports.”

2:45 a.m. Internet entry in Myanmar has been restricted for a 51st straight evening, in accordance to NetBlocks, which describes itself because the “Internet’s Observatory.”

Meanwhile, in an episode that illustrates the results of those shutdowns, a college in Hong Kong has apologized for initially refusing to accommodate a Myanmar-based pupil’s request for versatile take a look at occasions, the Apple Daily experiences. The pupil had complained to the lecturer of unreliable web entry.

A Myanmar nationwide who mentioned he fled to India reveals his cellular cellphone with an image of ousted chief Aung San Suu Kyi. Internet entry in Myanmar has been lower evening after evening.

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Monday, April 5

11:20 p.m. The United Nations Human Rights Office has received credible reports of at least 568 women, children and men who have been killed since the military seized control of the government” in Myanmar on Feb. 1, says Stephane Dujarric, the spokesperson for the U.N. secretary-general.

The workplace says the precise quantity “may be significantly higher,” Dujarric tells reporters.

Christine Schraner Burgener, the secretary-general’s particular envoy for Myanmar, continues to be engaged on her plans for touring to the nation, the spokesperson says.

Young demonstrators flash the three-fingered image of resistance throughout an anti-coup masks strike in Yangon, Myanmar, Sunday, April 4.

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3:30 p.m. Protests in Yangon have develop into barely calmer as demonstrators have more and more relied on new ways since final week. One of these is to collect, wave banners demanding the restoration of democracy, and disperse inside as brief as 10-Quarter-hour earlier than safety forces arrive.

Protesters are additionally utilizing umbrellas imprinted with the symbolic three-finger salute. They are additionally sporting masks that replicate the message that they consider China’s affect within the U.N. Security Council has silenced the physique from talking out on their behalf, mentioned a Yangon resident.

Protesters maintain umbrellas with a three-finger salute gesture drawn, whereas participate in an anti-coup protest on April 5 at downtown, Lanmadaw Township, Yangon, Myanmar.

2:30 p.m. Brunei, this 12 months’s chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, has backed requires the bloc’s leaders to maintain a summit on the Myanmar crisis. A joint assertion with Malaysia says the nations have instructed ministers to undertake “necessary preparations for the meeting that will be held at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta, Indonesia.”

Sunday, April 4

11:00 p.m. Easter eggs, painted with messages of defiance in opposition to the coup and shared as social media pictures, are the most recent medium utilized by Myanmar’s youth-led demonstrators to sustain momentum within the second month of protests.

An Easter egg painted with a three-finger salute is seen on this image posted on social media in Yangon.

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In his Easter message from St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis voices help for the pro-democracy motion in Buddhist-majority Myanmar.

“I express my closeness to young people throughout the world and, in these days, especially to the young people of Myanmar committed to supporting democracy and making their voices heard peacefully, in the knowledge that hatred can be dispelled only by love,” the pontiff says.

10:30 p.m. French power main Total has not reached the purpose the place it can halt manufacturing at a large offshore pure gasoline area that provides a lot of Myanmar’s power, CEO Patrick Pouyanne says.

“Should we then stop gas production from the Yadana field in Burma?” Pouyanne writes in an opinion piece for France’s Le Journal du Dimanche. “Of course, we will if we consider that we can no longer produce under safe conditions that respect our rules. This is not the case today.”

“Those who are worried that Total is indirectly financing the junta’s repression should know: We have not paid any taxes or duties to the military junta since the start of the crisis in February, quite simply because the banking system is no longer functioning,” the CEO additionally writes.

10:00 p.m. China holds the important thing to stabilizing Myanmar, the Financial Times writes in an editorial:

“China is Myanmar’s biggest trading partner and investor, shares a border and — while it cares little about a reversal of democracy — has a vested interest in keeping the country stable. Despite its ‘cold war’ with the U.S., those factors in theory give Beijing reason to send a unified message with Western democracies and India to the regime in Naypyidaw. If it does not, Myanmar may already be on the way to becoming a failed state.”

5:00 p.m. South Korea raises its journey alert in opposition to Myanmar to the second highest amongst 4 tiers, KBS reported. The overseas ministry additionally advises South Koreans to cancel or postpone journeys to the area.

Saturday, April 3

4:15 p.m. China logs 26 new COVID-19 circumstances on April 2, up from 9 a day earlier, Reuters experiences citing the nation’s nationwide well being authority and native media. Seven of the brand new circumstances had been native infections in Yunnan Province, the place a COVID-19 cluster has emerged within the metropolis of Ruili bordering Myanmar. Genetic evaluation of circumstances in Ruili counsel they stemmed from viruses imported from Myanmar and aren’t associated to different latest localized outbreaks in China.

Villagers march throughout a protest in opposition to the navy coup, in Launglon township, Myanmar, on April 3.

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11:00 a.m. The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) activist group says the loss of life toll because the Feb. 1 coup has reached no less than 550, together with 46 youngsters, in accordance to Reuters.

9:00 a.m. The Karen National Union, representing the Karen ethnic minority, points an announcement condemning air strikes by the Myanmar navy in opposition to villages close to the Thai border between March 27 and 30.

It calls on the worldwide neighborhood to “block the sale of all explosive weaponry large and small, any advanced technology used for propagating war, and jet fighters.”

Protesters collect behind a barricade throughout a protest in opposition to the navy coup, in Monywa, Myanmar, on April 3.

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Friday, April 2

9:00 p.m. Myanmar authorities concern arrest warrants for 20 celebrities together with singers, actors, social media influencers and activists, in accordance to a information report on military-owned tv. The celebrities are accused of inciting civil servants to take part within the civil disobedience motion and supporting the Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw, a gaggle fashioned by elected parliamentarians ousted within the coup. The group has been labeled an “unlawful association” by the junta.

6:00 p.m. Local experiences say a number of residents who granted interviews to NCS Chief International Correspondent Clarissa Ward and her crew had been arrested on Friday.

11:30 a.m. The Global New Light of Myanmar, a state newspaper that serves as a authorities mouthpiece, publishes an official assertion calling on residents to return to their native areas of the nation. The assertion is directed at “some student youths, state service personnel and citizens” who fled to areas managed by ethnic armed organizations or overseas nations due to alleged “intimidation” by National League for Democracy members and different supporters of the previous elected authorities.

It says the State Administration Council, the official identify of the junta that seized energy within the Feb. 1 coup, “will arrange their returns … to various regions of Myanmar” and guarantees they will journey again “without facing action taken in accord with the law.”

The Global New Light of Myanmar, a state newspaper, revealed this assertion from the junta urging folks to return to their residence areas.

Meanwhile, a supply recounts being instructed by an NLD member that “around 50 young protestors in Sanchaung were surrounded by the security forces” in the present day. The forces allegedly fired 20 occasions and “at least two people died.”

10:00 a.m. The U.N. Security Council condemns the usage of violence in opposition to peaceable protesters in Myanmar and the deaths of tons of of civilians. Its press assertion, authorised by all 15 council members after intense negotiations, expresses “deep concern at the rapidly deteriorating situation” and reiterates “the need to fully respect human rights and to pursue dialogue and reconciliation in accordance with the will and interests of the people of Myanmar.” The Council additionally referred to as for “the instant launch of all detainees, together with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint.”

But the council dropped a threat of potential future motion in opposition to the nation’s navy.

9:00 a.m. Witnesses in Yangon say seven demonstrators who set fireplace to booklets containing the structure had been arrested by police the day gone by.

Myanmar’s 2008 structure is about on fireplace throughout a protest in opposition to the navy coup in Yangon on April 1.

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The seven demonstrators had been amongst quite a few protesters throughout the nation who welcomed the transfer by the Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (CRPH), the parallel parliament acknowledged by the Myanmar public, which introduced the abolition of the 2008 structure on Wednesday.

A display seize taken from a social media video obtained by Reuters reveals a person being crushed by safety forces and carried away throughout an evening raid in Yangon on April 1.

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7:00 a.m. A 14-year-old Rohingya woman who was illegally residing in India’s northeastern state of Assam had been scheduled for deportation to Myanmar, in accordance to Indian media. She is alleged to be the primary Rohingya repatriated from India after the Southeast Asian nation’s navy staged a coup on Feb. 1. The woman entered India two years in the past, within the aftermath of the navy’s repression in opposition to Rakhine state’s Rohingya inhabitants. Her household, fearing persecution, fled to a refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. But Reuters later reported the woman is definitely 16 years outdated, and Indian authorities have halted her deportation.

Thursday, April 1

6:18 p.m. Members of Tokyo’s growing Myanmar immigrant community collect with civil society teams within the capital on Thursday to demand stronger motion from the Japanese authorities on the navy regime.

Migrants protesting in opposition to the navy junta in Myanmar maintain an image of ousted chief Aung San Suu Kyi, throughout a candlelight vigil at a Buddhist temple in Bangkok on Sunday.

6:06 p.m. Aung San Suu Kyi has been charged together with 4 of her allies with violating the nation’s colonial-era official secrets and techniques act, her chief lawyer says.

Suu Kyi, three of her deposed cupboard ministers and her detained Australian financial adviser, Sean Turnell, had been charged per week in the past in a Yangon courtroom, Khin Maung Zaw tells Reuters by cellphone, including he realized of the brand new cost two days in the past.

Suu Kyi has been detained because the Feb. 1 coup and can also be charged with violating coronavirus protocols, illegally possessing two-way radios and has been accused by the ruling navy council of bribery.

4:48 p.m. The U.Ok. sanctions a Myanmar conglomerate for its shut hyperlinks to the navy management which Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab mentioned is wantonly killing harmless folks together with youngsters.

Britain imposes sanctions on the Myanmar Economic Corporation for involvement in critical human rights violations by making funds obtainable to the Myanmar navy, in addition to its affiliation with senior navy figures.

“The Myanmar military has sunk to a new low with the wanton killing of innocent people, including children,” Raab says.

4:40 p.m. The lawyer representing ousted chief Aung San Suu Kyi and detained President Win Myint says the pair appeared in good well being throughout a courtroom listening to nevertheless it was not clear in the event that they had been conscious of the present scenario within the nation.

Min Min Soe says she was not in a position to inform them about what was occurring outdoors and isn’t allowed to meet her purchasers in particular person.

Their listening to was adjourned till April 12, Min Min Soe tells reporters.

Ruby Mart is engulfed in flames, in Yangon, Myanmar on this nonetheless picture taken from social media video obtained by Reuters, April 1.

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11:57 a.m. The Gandamar Wholesale Shopping Center and Ruby Mart in Yangon went up in flames hours earlier than daybreak. No one has claimed accountability. But hypothesis is swirling over how the fires began. Both properties are mentioned to be owned by the nation’s navy, and Gandamar Wholesale is positioned in a extremely safe space managed by the safety forces.

Local observers have expressed doubt on social media that anybody not related to the navy might method the buildings after the 8 p.m. curfew. The implication is that the safety forces could also be searching for further causes to clamp down on pro-democracy protesters within the metropolis.

Smoke rises from Gandamar Wholesale Shopping Center as it’s engulfed in flames, in Yangon, Myanmar on this nonetheless picture taken from social media video obtained by Reuters, April 1.

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9:30 a.m. Following a United Nations Security Council assembly, the U.Ok.’s everlasting consultant on the U.N. has instructed reporters that the council will “continue to discuss next steps.”

“We think it’s important, as we have been able to do so far, for the council to speak with one voice, to continue our calls for an end to violence, the release of those arbitrarily detained and a return to democracy,” says Ambassador Barbara Woodward. “We’ll give careful consideration to what further steps the council can take to prevent the tatmadaw [the military] from perpetuating this crisis, and we want to consider all measures that are at our at our disposal at this stage.”

China’s everlasting consultant, Zhang Jun, defined Beijing’s place in the course of the council’s closed-door session, in accordance to the Chinese Mission to the United Nations.

Protesters use slingshots whereas taking cowl behind a barricade in Monywa, Myanmar, on March 29.

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“We hope that all parties in Myanmar can keep calm, exercise restraint, and take actions with a constructive attitude to deescalate and cool down the situation,” the mission quotes Zhang as saying.

China is working with all events in Myanmar and is “actively engaged in Security Council consensus-building,” in accordance to Zhang. “China emphasizes that all parties in Myanmar should take up the responsibility of maintaining national stability and development, act in the fundamental interests of the people, strive to find a solution to the crisis within the constitutional and legal framework through dialogue and consultation, maintain political and social stability, and continue to advance the democratic transition in Myanmar.”

2:30 a.m. The particular envoy of the United Nations secretary-general on Myanmar urges the Security Council to take motion in a closed-door session.

“I appeal to this council to consider all available tools to take collective action and do what is right, what the people of Myanmar deserve and prevent a multi-dimensional catastrophe in the heart of Asia,” Christine Schraner Burgener says, in accordance remarks obtained by Nikkei.

She says she hopes to go to the area subsequent week to proceed session with members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and different leaders.

“I firmly believe that no ASEAN countries or others sharing their borders with Myanmar would want a failed state as their neighbor,” the envoy says,” according to the remarks. “I depend on these regional actors to play their distinctive and necessary roles to persuade the navy what they’re aiming for won’t work and assist navigate an orderly and peaceable manner out of this example.”

2:20 a.m. The U.S. continues to urge China “to use its affect to maintain to account these chargeable for this navy coup,” State Department spokesperson Ned Price tells a news briefing.

“What the junta has completed in Burma isn’t within the pursuits of the United States,” Price says. “It’s not within the curiosity of our companions and allies. And it isn’t within the curiosity of Beijing.”

Price says the Myanmar crisis was discussed by the American and Chinese sides in their Alaska meeting as well as by the U.S. with its allies Japan and South Korea.

“I believe when it comes to Beijing, the federal government in Beijing can definitely do extra, they will say extra, understanding that [China] does have a great deal of affect,” the spokesperson says.

2:00 a.m. Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi have “referred to as for a de-escalation of the scenario, a cessation of violence and the graduation of constructive dialogue amongst all sides,” according to statement from China’s Foreign Ministry on their meeting Wednesday.

Wang notes that Myanmar is an important member of the ASEAN family. He said he was pleased to see and support the bloc’s efforts to maintain its “non-interference” principle and play a positive role in promoting the stability of the situation in Myanmar through the “ASEAN method,” according to China’s statement.

China is the focus of a flurry of diplomacy this week, as foreign ministers from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines as well as South Korea make successive visits against the backdrop of the Myanmar crisis.

In this image taken on Feb. 4, Yangon males bang on pots to make a loud protest in opposition to the navy coup.

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Wednesday, March 31

11:30 p.m. The Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (CRPH), the parallel parliament acknowledged by the Myanmar public, has simply introduced the abolition of the 2008 structure, in a transfer that might to enhance the probabilities of help from ethnic armed organizations, who’ve lengthy demanded the constitution be withdrawn.

The CRPH requires a nationwide “unity government,” outlined in a federal constitution that the physique mentioned would draw collectively ethnic armed organizations, lawmakers elected political and civil society teams.

8:00 p.m. The navy pronounces one other unilateral ceasefire, this time from April 1 to April 30, to maintain peace talks with ethnic teams and have fun the Thingyan water competition, a New Year vacation in Myanmar. But it provides an exception of “defending from actions that disrupt government security and administration.”

Ko Bo Kyi, joint secretary of the Myanmar-based Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, expresses skepticism concerning the announcement.

“Illegal Military did not announce ceasefire with people even though they announced ceasefire with armed groups,” he says in a tweet. “They are still killing and torturing the unarmed people.”

6:00 p.m. The Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (CRPH), made up of lawmakers from the ousted authorities, points a “final call” for civil servants to take part within the Civil Disobedience Movement, or CDM.

CRPH’s assertion says the deadline for the CDM is midnight tonight. A “public government” is to emerge within the first week of April, in accordance to the assertion.

5:00 p.m. Yangon suffered a blackout after 1:44 p.m., owing to a technical accident, in accordance to a Facebook put up from Yangon Electricity Supply Corp. The electrical energy provide was restored in Yangon round 4:30 p.m.

Power outages had been additionally reported in Naypyidaw and Mandalay. This is the second nationwide blackout because the coup, following an incident on March 5.

4:50 p.m. People in Yangon banged pots and pans on Wednesday in a present of defiance in opposition to the ruling junta as a closely armed convoy escorted a NCS information crew in Yangon. “The phone doesn’t pick the sound well but people were banging pots and pans as our heavily armed convoy drove past,” NCS Chief International Correspondent Clarissa Ward wrote in a social media put up.

One Twitter person, recognized as San San, wrote that she believed Ward could be proven false proof by the junta eager to give the impression that the scenario was underneath management. “We are banging pots and pans simultaneously at 1 p.m. to show her peacefully that we all are against the military coup and we are actually not OK!” she tweeted.

1:28 p.m. Khin Maung Zaw, the chief of Aung San Suu Kyi’s protection group says that Min Min Soe, an legal professional, has met the detained chief at 11 a.m. nearly. A message from Khin Maung Zaw shared with Nikkei Asia says that Suu Kyi’s “physical situation… seemed good,” citing Min Min Soe. At the assembly, Suu Kyi “officially appointed six lawyers for her defense in cases against her,” the message reads.

It was the primary time that Suu Kyi had met any of her protection group since she was detained within the coup on Feb. 1.

Khin Maung Zaw additionally tells Nikkei the digital assembly between Suu Kyi and the legal professional lasted about half-hour, and Suu Kyi appears detained at her personal residence. “From the background of the video conference on the screen, it seems to be her own residence [in Naypyidaw],” the chief of protection group provides.

2:50 a.m. Global corporations ought to think about chopping their capital ties with the Myanmar navy’s sprawling enterprise pursuits, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken urges.

“Some countries and some companies in various parts of the world have significant investments in enterprises that support the Burmese military,” Blinken tells a information convention. “They should be looking at those investments and reconsidering them as a means of denying the military the financial support it needs to sustain itself against the will of the people.”

1:20 a.m. Presenting the Myanmar navy with an ultimatum, nevertheless good the worldwide neighborhood’s intentions, dangers inflaming violence within the nation, Russia’s first deputy everlasting consultant to the United Nations, Dmitry Polyanskiy, says in a tweet.

Russia, which despatched Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin to Myanmar for the weekend Armed Forces Day celebration, has maintained on the U.N. that the Southeast Asian nation’s disaster is an inner affair that wants to be resolved by the Myanmar folks.

Tuesday, March 30

11:00 p.m. The Karen National Union, one in every of Myanmar’s greatest armed ethnic teams, joins different such armies in declaring it can defend itself from authorities troops. .

“There is no legitimate reason to kill, harm and terrorize innocent people, including women, elders and children, in the dead of night,” the assertion says.

The KNU urges the worldwide neighborhood “to cut all ties with [Myanmar’s armed forces], including military and economic relationships.”

2:10 p.m. The Committee Representing Union Parliament (CRPH) points an announcement welcoming an announcement by three armed ethnic rebel teams denouncing the continuing navy violence and pledging to shield the folks. “CRPH has called on them to work together for the success of the revolution and establishment of a federal democratic union,” the CRPH assertion says.

11:30 a.m. Ethnic armed teams of the northern alliance — Arakan Army, Ta’ang National Liberation Army and Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army — concern a joint assertion saying they “strongly condemn the actions of the Myanmar military against unarmed civilians.” The three teams demanded the “Myanmar military to stop killing and violating [the rights of] unarmed civilians and to find a political solution.” They additionally introduced that they may defend the folks if the navy continues its brutality in opposition to civilians.

10:30 a.m. The Committee Representing Union Parliament (CRPH), comprised primarily of former National League for Democracy lawmakers who had been elected final November, is asking folks to donate cash via crowdfunding to help the resistance. So far, the group has raised $9.2 million, in accordance to a crowdfunding web site.

9:00 a.m. Activists name for a “courage strike day,” urging folks to throw trash on the streets to specific their opposition to the coup.

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