04:00 PM, 19 February 2021 News Briefing

  • 20-year-old, Mya Thwe Thwe Khaing, was passed away today(Feb 19)  and became the first  protester to die in the anti-coup protests in Myanmar, after she was shot in the head during the anti-coup demonstrations at Naypyitaw on Feb 9.
  • Police ordered the student from National Management Degree College (NMDC) to stop writing the slogan “Reject Military”. In front of the college street, students trying to write the words declaring  “Reject Military” and  police reportedly ordered them to disperse.  It is reported that anti-coup people make a vast slogan written on a main thoroughfare and the roofs in hoping to watch the international community through satellite. Some writings of a vast slogan have been destroyed by police in some cities.
  • Yesterday (Feb18), a group of people wearing robes beat the cars  with sticks and knives near the Bahan 3 Road bus stop in Yangon, and residents of nearby Yaetar Shay ward were attacked, leaving four people injured.
  • 25 students and civilians arrested during the anti-coup protest in Naypyidaw four days ago have been released yesterday (Feb18).
  • The riot police forcely crackdown on the anti-coup protesters near TapyaeGone circle, Naypyitaw  and arrested at least 20 people yesterday(Feb 18).
  • Myanmar Alliance for Transparency and Accountability-MATA urges mining companies not to pay taxes and suspend operations.
  • About 400,000 anti-coup protesters in Magway were blocked by riot police on their way to protect today (Feb 19).
  • Seven members, led by Lt. Gen. Than Tun Oo formed an advisory body to the chairman of the military’s state administration council, the members include U Ne Win’s daughter-in-law Dr Yin Yin Nwe and Dr. Salai Ngun Cung Lian who served as an adviser under U Thein Sein’s administration.
  • Head of Japan’s National Security Council Shigeru Kitamura held a 45-minute telephone conversation with US President’s National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan on Feb 18 concerning the military coup in Myanmar. During the talks, they exchanged views on the situation in Myanmar after the military coup, the situation of detained officials including State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the future of the country, according to the NHK report.
  • It is reported that the China Airline’s relief flight for Taiwanese in Myanmar, originally scheduled to depart on Feb 28, has currently been rescheduled for Feb 21, Mar 14, and Mar 28.
  • In Tharyarwady district, Bago region, the township general administration department convened a meeting to prosecute CDM staff in Latbadan township. CDM staff from the Fire Department, the Veterinary Department, the Rural Development Department, Myanmar Economic Department  and Irrigation Department would be charged, according to a voting system during the meeting.
  • South Korea’s National Security Council expressed concern over political instability in connection with the recent military coup. As of the statement of Cheong Wa Dae (the Blue House), they have already agreed to cooperate with the international community for restoration of constitutional order through legitimate, democratic and peaceful manner, according to the Korea Herald.
  • In Myitkyina, Kachin state, police attacked teachers and arrested more than 10 people including two teachers who were gathering to join the protest supporting the Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM) near the Myitkyina Education Degree College this morning (Feb 19).
  • A civilian was shot dead in the fighting erupts between Shan State Reconstruction Council-RCSS/SSA and the Tatmadaw(Myanmar military) in Pangpi, Maingpan Township, southern Shan State today in the morning (Feb19).