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Myanmar police charge at night protest in Yangon neighborhood

Yangon, Myanmar, Feb 26 (efe-epa).- Myanmar armed forces carried out night raids and charged against a protest Friday in Yangon’s Tamwe neighborhood, after a day of violence in which followers of the military junta attacked pro-democracy protesters and journalists.

Security forces launched smoke canisters Thursday night and charged hundreds of people demonstrating against the appointment of a local post by the new military junta.

According to videos posted on social networks, the police and soldiers of an infantry division charged on demonstrators to disperse them while some neighbors told EFE that there were raids and nightly arrests in a couple of houses.

It is not known at the moment if there were any injuries during the incident or the number of detainees.

Authorities re-establish the internet connection Friday after cutting it at night for 12 consecutive days.

Tensions in Myanmar continue to rise after the Thursday attack by a group of people who supported the military coup on Feb. 1 against peaceful protesters in the center of Yangon, the country’s former capital.

However, these incidents have failed to intimidate the entire population and from the early hours of the morning, thousands demonstrated Friday in front of the embassies of several Southeast Asian countries and the United States to ask that they put pressure on the military for Myanmar to return to the path of democracy.

Protests in rejection of the military, which have spread countrywide for weeks, also call for the release of elected politicians arrested by the uniformed, including deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

The Association for the Assistance of Political Prisoners said 748 people have been detained since the riots, including 62 who have already been released.

The association also reported eight deaths, including 3 from shots fired by the police against the demonstrations, since the military uprising.

The army justified the power seizure on alleged electoral fraud in November’s general elections, where international observers did not detect any rigging, in which the National League for Democracy, the party led by Suu Kyi, destroyed, as it did in 2015 EFE-EPA


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