04:00 PM, 16 February 2021 News Briefing

  • In MyaungMya, Irrawaddy region, today 16 Feb, police disperse violently by using water cannon  spraying including firing tear gas and rubber bullets to more than 30 thousand anti-coup protesters who are demanding to release 3 detained locals, leaving some protesters injured by being hit by a rubber bullet.
  • The strength of the Civil Disobedience Movement-CDM is the most important to fight the military-coup, urged today(Feb16) Min Ko Naing, a well-known 88 generation student leader through a video message. He is the one of the arrest warrants listed by the military over the weekend. 
  • The deposed president Win Myint and state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi were arraigned in Zambu Thiri Township Court in NayPyiTaw by video conferencing on Feb 16 and another case under Section 25 of the Disaster Management Act was filed against Aung San Suu Kyi, said  the representing lawyer, Khin Maung Zaw. 
  • The military-owned Myawaddy Bank in Yangon was opened and overcrowded on Feb 16, while most private banks were closed after the military coup. The official said that only 200 tokens would be issued for 200 cashiers a day, and no more than 5 million kyats per token. It is said that people came to withdraw money for fear of losing money.
  • In Khin Oo Township, Sagaing Region, there are Farmers and staff of the Department of Agriculture, a total of 5,000 people and about 50 ox-carts protested against the military dictatorship. And also in Shwebo, Sagaing Region, tens of thousands of people marched in front of the Myanma Economic Bank to protest the coup.
  • In Dawei, Tanintharyi region, 18 people were sentenced to one month in prison on Feb 15 for violating the nighttime curfew for the first time after article 144 was imposed, locals said.
  • It is reported that the No. (90) passenger train was scheduled to go this morning without passengers from Mawlamyine to Yangon under the pressure from authorities while train workers were joining the Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM).  But it was blocked on the way by train workers and locals. There was a confrontation between protesters and police while they were blocking, and the train finally returned to the Mawlamyine station according to the locals’ request.
  • In Nyaung Lay Pin township, Bago region, 9 staff from the general administration department and 3-year-old children have been infected with Covid-19 on Feb 15 according to Township Health Department. A total of 17 staff from the Nyaung Lay Pin general administration department have joined the Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM) and they were temporarily suspended from their duties. 
  • In Thandwe, Rakhine State,  3 anti-coup protesters were forcibly arrested and detained today, and more than 100 locals gathered in front of the police station to demand the release of the detainees.