Myanmar army hunts 7 protest supporters over social media comments

Anti Coup Protests in Myanmar

Myanmar's military (Tatmadaw) seized power from the elected National League for Democracy government hours before a new parliament was set to begin on February 1, saying the ousted government failed to act on its claims of voter list irregularities.

Supporters of ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi called for tougher global action against the new junta on Friday after Washington announced a first round of sanctions following six days of pro-democracy demonstrations.

The United Nations human rights office said on Friday that more than 350 people had been arrested since the coup.

Myint Thu, Myanmar's ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, told the session that Myanmar did not want "to stall the nascent democratic transition in the country", and would continue global cooperation.

"The indiscriminate use of lethal, or less than lethal weapons, against peaceful protesters, is unacceptable", Nada Al-Nashif, deputy high commissioner for human rights, said Friday.

Officers cleared a sit-in protest in the port city of Mawlamyine on Friday with rubber bullets, injuring several demonstrators.

Joining the protest were dozens from the ethnic Karen, Rakhine and Kachin communities - drawn from Myanmar's roughly 130 ethnic groups, some of whom have faced intense persecution from the army.

Former minister Kyaw Tint Swe, regarded as her right-hand man, was taken into custody, a party official said.

Sasakawa headed a Japanese monitoring group to the November election in Myanmar, which gave the NLD an overwhelming 396 of 476 seats in parliament - a major factor that is believed to have driven the Tatmadaw to overthrow Suu Kyi's elected government. She was hit in the head with a live round fired by police, witnesses said.

Protesters march near the Sule Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar on February 8, 2021.

China and Russian Federation continue to defend Myanmar's military, insisting that the armed forces' seizure of power from the democratically-elected government is Myanmar's internal affair.

Supporters of Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) welcomed the US sanctions but said tougher action was needed to push the military out of power and force it to recognize the NLD's landslide victory in November elections.

Officials attending an emergency session of the U.N. Human Rights Council on the crisis in Myanmar are denouncing the military coup last week that toppled the country's democratically elected government. The Chinese government, which has ties to Myanmar's military, will likely try to water down the language in the resolution.

Supporters of the NLD welcomed the US sanctions but said tougher action was needed.

But as he dusts off a playbook that kept the military in power for five decades prior to 2010, he faces stiff resistance from a new breed of young activists now freed from the shadow of deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Myint Thu, Myanmar's ambassador to the UN, said the country would continue to cooperate with the United Nations and uphold worldwide human rights treaties.

Protesters in Yangon, the country's biggest city, again congregated at Hleden intersection, a key crossroads from which groups fanned out to other points, including the embassies of the United States and China.

Myanmar's army on Saturday suspended laws constraining security forces from detaining suspects or searching private property without court approval, reports Reuters. He spent nearly two decades imprisoned because of his political activities, and went into hiding the day of this year's coup, but was reportedly seen briefly last week at one protest in Yangon. But their deep mistrust of the military, which has brutally repressed their armed struggles for more autonomy, has made them uneasy allies with her party.