Police arrested a famous Myanmar actor Sunday, hours after two people were killed by gunfire as security forces used live and rubber bullets, tear gas, water cannons and slingshots against protesters who were demonstrating against the military's February 1 coup.
Protests against the coup that overthrew the elected government of the veteran democracy campaigner have taken place across the diverse country, even though the military has promised to hold a new election and hand power to the victor.
Ke Jung, a youth leader from the Naga minority and an organiser of the Saturday protest by the minorities in the main city of Yangon, said the protesters were also demanding a federal system.
Two people were shot and killed, one a teenaged boy, and 20 were wounded, an emergency service said.
Crowds marched in the central towns of Monywa and Bagan and in Dawei and Myeik in the south, pictures showed. The military has ordered civil servants back to work and threatened action against them.
Police throw projectiles towards protesters during a demonstration against the military coup in Mandalay.
Members of Myanmar ethnic groups have been protesting in a show of opposition to the military coup that ousted the government of Aung San Suu Kyi, despite some misgivings about her commitment to their aspirations for autonomy.
He told a news conference on Tuesday that the army's actions were within the constitution and supported by most people, and he blamed the protesters for instigating violence.
But if the numbers on Sunday are anything to go by, the violence looks unlikely to silence opposition.
A protester has a wound on her head treated after being beaten by security forces during a demonstration against the military coup in Mandalay on February 20, 2021. Gunshots were fired, though it was initially unclear whether live ammunition or rubber bullets were used. Police responded with tear gas and gunfire at the protesters, witnesses said. "This madness must end, now!" Security forces are stepping up measures to forcibly remove protesters, such as firing water cannons and guns, resulting in deaths and injuries.
On February 12, the United Nations adopts a resolution demanding the immediate release of Suu Kyi and deems the use of violence against protesters "unacceptable".
Also on Saturday, anti-coup protesters in Myanmar's two largest cities paid tribute to a young woman who died a day earlier after being shot by police during a rally against the military takeover.
Inside the crematorium hall, the lid on Mya Thwet Thwet Khine's coffin was partially removed to allow a last glimpse of her head resting on a bed of red and white roses before she was cremated.
Many people, including her relatives, mourned her death at the funeral on Sunday.
About 30 others were injured in the violence near a shipyard, Hlaing Min Oo, the head of a Mandalay-based volunteer emergency rescue team said.
The army seized back power after alleging fraud in November 8 elections that Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy swept, detaining her and others.
The electoral commission had dismissed the fraud complaints.
Facebook said it deleted the military's main page, Tatmadaw True News Information, for repeated violations of its standards "prohibiting incitement of violence and coordinating harm".
Another live broadcast on Facebook showed the wife of actor Lu Min describing to neighbors how her husband was arrested and taken away from their home shortly after midnight.
Some other protesters on Saturday held signs that read "CDM", in reference to the civil disobedience movement which workers in several industries have recently joined.
It is just one of many parts of the charter that ensured the military could maintain ultimate control over the country it ruled for 50 years following a 1962 coup.
"We stand with the people of Burma", Price added.
"The use of lethal force, intimidation and harassment against peaceful demonstrators is unacceptable".
In response to the coup and violence against civilians in Myanmar, Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged that countries immediately impose targeted economic sanctions, global travel bans, and asset freezes on all members of the cabinet and State Administrative Council (SAC), and the military business conglomerates Myanmar Economic Holding Corporation (MEHL) and Myanmar Economic Corporation (MEC).