04:00 PM, 23 February 2021 News Briefing

  • In Myitkyina, Kachin state, a 5-year-old child was injured in his head after being hit with a slingshot fired from a military vehicle at around 8 pm last night while children were watching the military convoy passing by.   
  • In Monywa, on the morning of 23 February, a group of about 60  Buddhist monks gathered for a “Paritta” recitation ceremony. “Paritta”,  generally translated as protection or safeguard from any dangers, recited by Buddhism. The monks were reciting “the Maṅgala Paritta” for  good omen or auspices or good fortune and “Mora Paritta”  for protection from any dangers. 
  • The funeral of 37-year-old Thet Naing Win, who was shot dead in the violent crackdown by the security forces in Mandalay on Feb 20, was held today, attended by nearly thousands of people. His wife said that it would file the case of her husband’s death when the elected president is released.
  • The detained Mandalay Region Chief Minister Dr. Zaw Myint Maung, was charged under the article 505 [b] of the Penal Code, and the case was heard through video conference on Feb 22 in Naypyitaw. 
  • The military regime  filed the  charge against the ousted Rakhine State Chief Minister U Nyi Pu, and his case was heard for the first time on Feb 22  through video conference. 
  • The military-formed election commission issued on Feb 22 an invitation letter to political parties in Myanmar to hold talks for a Feb26 meeting.
  • This year from Feb 1 to Feb 12, Myanmar’s foreign trade volume was over $ 11.987 billion but the total foreign trade volume during this period last year was more than $ 14.3 billion, dropped by over $ 2.345 billion, according to regular statistics released by the Ministry of Commerce.
  • The Shan State Joint Action Committee (SSJAC) issued a statement on Feb 21 that its committee strongly condemned the military’s crackdown on the peaceful protesters and CDM workers and stated SSJAC would support the anti-coup protests and CDM movement of the people and civil servants who were exercising their civil rights and freedom of expression. It also called for the immediate and unconditional release of all detainees involved in the peaceful protests and CDM movement.
  • The Council of the European Union adopted conclusions on Feb 22 condemning the military coup in Myanmar.
  • The United State imposed sanctions on two members of Myanmar’s military; General Maung Maung Kyaw and Lieutenant General Moe Myint Tun and threatened further actions over the military coup.
  • As of February 22, a total of 684 people have been arrested, charged, or sentenced since the February 1 coup, among them, 637 are still under detention, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners-AAPP.