As violence has escalated, about a dozen armed ethnic groups have condemned the junta as illegitimate and vowed to stand with the protesters.
Some 120 high-profile critics, including actors, social media influencers, singers and models, are facing accusations of spreading dissent against the military.
UN special envoy to Myanmar Christine Schraner Burgener urges the Security Council to consider all available tools to prevent an imminent "bloodbath" and "civil war" in Myanmar as the military regime continues its severe crackdown against protestors.
Kachin rebels attack police station in northern Shwegu town following military raids on Karen rebel villages in the east, an indication of deepening role of ethnic minority armed groups in support of anti-coup protests.
Opponents of army's February 1 coup voice concern that foreign journalists will not be shown a full picture of the situation in the troubled country.
More than 3,000 people flee southeastern Karen state following military air attacks on an area controlled by ethnic rebels.
Fears are swirling that Saturday could become a flashpoint as military junta warns that its forces will shoot protesters in the head.
US and Britain impose sanctions on military-controlled conglomerates as security forces are reported to have killed five more protesters in an unrelenting crackdown on dissent.
The measures are part of a package of human rights sanctions targeting a dozen individuals from Myanmar, China, Russia, North Korea, Eritrea, South Sudan and Libya.
Global pressure on military junta mounts with Asian neighbours joining Western countries in condemning lethal force that has caused more than 230 deaths, according to a monitoring group.
Residents of Hlaing Tharyar township in Yangon say they do not even get to sleep because of “constant gunshots” overnight after the junta puts around two million people under total control at protest hotspots with martial law.
"Casualties are drastically increasing," says activist group Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, after a day of anti-coup protests that left at least 20 people dead.
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