Most people in Myanmar are shunning usual festivities this year to focus on their campaign against the junta who overthrew Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected government on February 1.
Authorities reportedly deploy paramilitary forces to major cities and issue instructions to restrict internet in capital's sensitive areas as protesters demand the release of a party leader and expulsion of France's envoy from Pakistan.
Myanmar military expresses sadness for protest death toll, which it puts at 164, and airs video testimony of a former top Yangon official alleging corruption by ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi, including receiving cash, gold bars and silk.
Opposing the military takeover of the state, Myanmar citizens have staged protests across the country while putting their lives at risk.
The clashes were prompted by a video that appeared to show a man being beaten on Sunday by officers in the area.
Meanwhile, security forces in northern Myanmar arrested five journalists after firing at protesters in the city of Myitkyina.
Police bundled over 17 protesters into a black truck at the tollgate who were trying to hold a rally over last year's deadly demonstrations against police brutality.
Demonstrators are seeking to roll back the seizure of power by the military and demanding the release of the country's ousted leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, and other top figures.
At least one protester was killed and several others were injured in protests that came days after President Donald Trump announced the US would remove Sudan from its terrorism list.
President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who still has three years left in his final term, has faced demonstrations by tens of thousands seeking his resignation since early June in this volatile West African nation.
Demonstrations took place in several other cities, including Guayaquil, the epicenter of Ecuador's health crisis, where union leaders said hundreds marched through the city.
Experts believe that these behaviours could discourage people with symptoms from coming forward. Meanwhile, Hong Kong doctors went on strike amid the novel coronavirus outbreak to insist all borders with mainland China be shut completely.
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