Myanmar army continues to kill protesters, cuts internet, imposes martial law
State-run TV channels MRTV and Myawaddy announced that the military junta proclaimed martial law in the townships of Aungmyay Thazan, Chan Aye Thazan, Maha Aung Myay, Pyi Gyi Tagon, and Chan Mya Thazi in Mandalay, the country’s second-largest city.
Martial law was also declared in Yangon’s North Dagon, North Okalapa, South Dagon, and Dagon Seik Kan townships, according to the state-run television.
Following violence that left 34 people dead and many more injured, martial law was already declared on Sunday in Hlaing Thar Yar and Shwe Pyi Thar, two industrial cities in Yangon.
According to local media, two more later succumbed to their injuries, and four more people died in Bago, Mandalay, and Hpakant, northern region of Kachin state.
Hlaing Thar Yar and the neighboring Shwe Pyi Thar are vast and impoverished townships known as factory hubs and home to clothing factories.
Sunday’s violence has brought the total death toll to more than 110 since the Feb.1 military coup.
Also mobile internet has reportedly been cut across the country since early Monday, while wi-fi services are still available. No official announcements have yet been made by the junta or telecommunications operators. ■