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  • Myanmar's military hunter has extended the detention of deposed leader Aung Sang Suu Ki.

  • She was due to be released today but will now remain in jail until February 17th.

  • Protesters air once again on the streets, demanding her release and an end to the coup that brought the hunter power two weeks ago.

  • Military has intensified its crackdown on the protests, sending armored vehicles to patrol the streets and imposing an Internet blackout.

  • This after images were circulated online that showed the military firing on a crowd of protesters.

  • It's unclear whether live ammunition was used.

  • Spring in journalist Dave Greenebaum here He's covered Myanmar extensively and joins us now from Kuala Lumpur.

  • Good to see you again, Dave.

  • Tell us, how is the situation in Myanmar right now?

  • How volatile is it?

  • Yeah, I communicated with some people on the ground in Yangon this morning, and it's clearly things are very tense there, as you said, Armored vehicles on the streets, soldiers patrolling in fatigues.

  • You've got police.

  • You've got water cannon.

  • Visible people are certainly on edge now.

  • There are reports that there are fewer demonstrators on the streets in Yangon now, compared the previous days.

  • But It's early afternoon there, so we'll see if those crowds pick up.

  • One thing that has also created a lot of tension are these nighttime raids and arrests that are going on.

  • The military has given itself sweeping powers.

  • They can detain people without a court order.

  • They can search property without a court order.

  • Now people have created these sort of neighborhood watch groups to try to keep an eye out for the police, to alert one another to try to protect one another.

  • But they tell me this is leading to just a lot of sleepless nights, so things are really tense.

  • I think a really key thing to keep an eye on over these next few days is this government work stoppage that is going on, basically government employees who are refusing to go toe work.

  • If this continues, and if it continues to pick up momentum and get more and more government workers on board, it could make it difficult for the military to keep the government running.

  • And if that happens in some key sectors, senior gentleman on Long, the man who is basically put himself in charge of the whole country may feel that he is backed into a corner.

  • And then how does he respond then?

  • That's the key thing we gotta look out for now.

  • That scenario.

  • And when this coup happened, the the civilian leader, the de facto civilian leader, Aung San Suu she was arrested.

  • Uh, she's still in detention.

  • Her lawyers announced she will not appear in court today.

  • A Z expected she's gonna be kept in custody at least until Wednesday.

  • Do we know what's happening with her?

  • Yeah, well, so basically according or Laura, that happened because that's what a judge decided the judge in a bid on the capital.

  • Keep in mind Myanmar does not have an independent judiciary soas.

  • Long as the military is running the country, they're gonna find a way to keep her in detention for a long as they want to.

  • That's just the bottom line, especially with those sweeping powers they've given themselves that I just described a minute ago.

  • Now the military is also shutting down the Internet whenever it suits them, severely disrupting communications.

  • Now, some of that apparently has been restored, but social communications, social media platforms, they're still severely restricted.

  • What does this mean for the protest movement in a country where Facebook is the de facto communication main line of communication.

  • Yeah, So the bottom line is these demonstrators, they're finding ways to communicate with each other.

  • Some of them have gotten virtual private networks to get around shut down.

  • Some of them have been using SIM cards from other countries such a Singapore and Thailand.

  • I mean, if you look at the past days of demonstrations, there's a sign I saw numerous times that really stood out to me, and it said, You've messed with wrong generation.

  • And what that basically says, is that you've got technology today that they didn't have decades ago on the demonstrators protesters the prior who does and that this is a smart, tech savvy generation and they're gonna use that to their advantage.

  • They do not wanna live under military rule like their parents and grand parents used Thio Dave, thank you very much.

Myanmar's military hunter has extended the detention of deposed leader Aung Sang Suu Ki.

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