11:00 AM, 18 February 2021 News Briefing

  • The five locals, including an eight-month-pregnant mother,  were killed during the shelling in the fighting broke out between the Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS), Shan State Progress Party (SSPP) and Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) in Tawsarng village-tract, Northern Shan State Kyaukme Township. It has been fighting since February 12.
  • In Mandalay Railway Staff Housing, the anti-coup  demonstrators and railway staff were forcely crackdown by the police yesterday (Feb17) night, leaving some protesters injured. 
  • Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw-CRPH  announced yesterday (Feb17) that the treasury bonds sold by the military State Administrative Council are illegal because the military council is not legitimate. The announcement warned  that the public will not be held responsible for any subsequent losses incurred if the purchase is made. 
  • It is reported that protesters including locals, departmental staff, and students marched in Pathein, Ayeyarwady region today(Feb18), the 12th day of the anti-coup demonstration and give a 22-second silence for the anti-coup proster Mya Thwe Thwe Khaing who killed in the Naypyidaw protest.
  • Since Sunday (Feb 14) night, it is reported that the internet  has been throttled in the country-wildly by the military, four consecutive nights for a period of eight hours between 1am and 9am.
  • The deposed Mandalay Region Chief Minister Dr. Zaw Myint Maung, arrested by the military, was arraigned in Aung Myay Tharzan township court this morning(Feb18). 
  • As of 8 PM, 17 Feb, a total of 1,489 samples were tested and found more 31 new cases. MoHS has reported 141,690 of total confirmed cases including 130,944 discharged, and 3,192 deaths.
  • The prosecution of three protest leaders who have been charged with demonstrating for electoral justice and holding a pro-military rally under three sections including section 25 of Natural Disaster Management Law, were dropped on Feb 17 in Wandwin township, Mandalay.
  • six well-known celebrities and entertainers  have been charged under Section 505 (a) of the Penal Code and issued arrest warrants, according to a statement issued by the Tatmadaw(military) on 16 February, for being encouraged to participate in Civil Disobedience Movement-CDM.  
  • As of the statistics of the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners-AAPP update on Feb 16, a total of 452 people have been arrested by the military since the Feb 1 coup, among them, a total of 417 are still under detention. 
  • The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation ordered on Feb 17 the suspension of jade mining in Hpakant site and Mawlu-Mawhan site, in Kachin state, and the suspension of limitation time was not mentioned in the order. 
  • In Taunggyi, Shan state, Khun Bwar Hto Thway, a member of the National League for Democracy, ex-chairman of Hsi Hseng Township Development Committee, was arrested by the PNA people’s militia on Feb 17 and he was sent to Eastern Command, his uncle told DVB.