Myanmar police began a campaign overnight in a district of Yangon to disperse a protest against an army-appointed official, while the World Bank announced that it would not consider funding requests filed by the country after the February coup.
Witnesses and government media reported that riot police fired in the air and tear gas canisters in the Tamwe neighborhood last night to disperse the protesters who objected to the replacement of the neighborhood official with another appointed by the army.
Residents said that they heard frequent gunshots, while police remained in some parts of the neighborhood until about two o’clock on Friday morning.
The Southeast Asian country has plunged into a crisis since the military seized power and detained the country’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and most of her party leaders after the army claimed rigged elections in November.
This confrontation highlights the resistance the military faces in many sectors as it seeks to impose its authority over a population accustomed to civilian rule by the Suu Kyi administration.
The “Facebook” company said it had banned the Myanmar military from using the platforms “Facebook” and “Instagram” for social networking because of “deadly violence” that the country witnessed since the military coup.
The World Bank said in a letter to the Ministry of Finance in Myanmar that it had stopped payments to projects in the country after the coup.
Myanmar police arrested a Japanese journalist at a protest in the commercial capital of Yangon, the first arrest of a foreign reporter since the February 1 military coup.
A Japanese Foreign Ministry official told Reuters that it is still trying to confirm the facts.