11:00 AM, 26 February 2021 News Briefing

  • On the evening of Feb 25, security forces forcibly cracked down on the residents in Tamwe Township, Yangon, while the residents  were protesting against the newly appointed ward administrator by the military-run State Administration Council, more than 30 residents have been arrested during the crackdown. The neighborhood’s road was blocked by about 20 military and police vehicles, and water cannons. 
  • Defying the military council’s threat on using the term “government of military coup”, more than 40 local media outlets in Myanmar released a joint statement  on Feb 25 that they will continue to report freely. Coup leader Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing warned on Feb.22 that if the media continue to use this term,  the publishing will be banned.
  • The National League for Democracy (NLD) issued on Feb.25 an announcement that the party has expelled Han Qing Zhan, its member of Chin State Executive Committee, after he accepted a position as a member of the Chin State Administrative Council formed by the military council. He became the first NLD member to accept a position appointed by the military council.
  • Myanmar is under post-coup digital curfew for the 12th consecutive night as the military imposes an internet shutdown from 1 a.m to 9 a.m local time since Feb.15, according to a report of NetBlocks, which tracks global internet usage.
  • Facebook announced on Feb 24 Wednesday night a ban on remaining Tatmadaw (military) accounts in Myanmar, as well as advertising from military-linked commercial entities on its platform. 
  • The UK announced on Feb.25 further sanctions against 6 military figures members of Myanmar’s military State Administration Council for serious human rights violations. 
  • The World Bank sent a letter issued on Feb.22 to Myanmar Ministry of Planning, Finance and Industry that it has halted payments to projects in Myanmar, according to a Reuters report.
  • It is reported that police used force to crack down on anti-coup protesters in Myaynigone, Hleden, Yangon, at around 11 am today, some reporters and protesters have been arrested by the security forces.
  • About 300 locals staged a sit-in protest in front of the township court in Putao, Kachin state on Thursday demanding the release of 5 youths detained who were arrested on Feb 20 for leading the anti-coup protest, they were being held in the Putao prison and were not allowed to see their family members, said some close contacts to detainees.
  • In Magway region, seven universities announced on Feb 25 the formation of a coalition of anti-military students’ unions which include Magway University, Magway University of Medicine, Technological University, Computer University, University of Community Health, College of Education, and Industrial Science students’ unions. 
  • As of 8 PM, 25 Feb, a total of 1,314 samples were tested and found 25 more new cases and 1 death. MoHS has reported 141,841 of total confirmed cases including 131,417 discharged, and 3,198 deaths.