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  • demonstrators in Myanmar have gathered in their largest numbers yet to demand an end to military rule.

  • Opponents of the February 1st couId out the military will keep its promise to hold elections and hand back power.

  • Deposed leader and Santucci remains in jail facing trivial criminal charges Hundreds of thousands joined rallies in cities across the country despite fears of a violent crackdown, a battle cry for democracy, tens of thousands of protesters flooding the streets of Yangon.

  • Stepping up their open revolt against the military takeover, Karsch uses roadblocks to keep security forces from moving around the commercial capital.

  • In this cat and mouse game, it appears that for now it's the might who have the upper hand.

  • Internet shut down to another.

  • Attempts to disrupt the demonstrations have largely proved futile.

  • Even the judge has assurances of free and fair elections have been met with deep skepticism exacerbated by fresh criminal charges against Aung San Suu Ki Theo.

  • Young people of this generation don't have to believe in the military's promises.

  • They lied before and they hold an election back in 1988.

  • So we've already learned our lesson from that page of history.

  • There's growing concern that Myanmar's bloody history could be about to repeat itself.

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  • U N says it's received reports of soldiers being ready for a crackdown in Yangon, sparking fears that seems like this a merely a taste of what's to come.

  • How about you?

  • But is this activist told DW news.

  • They're not backing down?

  • No, I'm not afraid.

  • I'm not afraid.

  • We've been We have been under the military control for years, years, years.

  • So this is the time we have to finish them.

  • This time we will win.

  • This time we went our true democracy.

  • We no longer ones in military anymore.

  • Ruling our country as the world watches with bated breath.

  • For many here Myanmar, there's only one way out of this forward with their fists high, even if no one knows where that road will lead them.

  • Well, let's go straight to Yangon, where we join Journalist.

  • A million Thank welcome to D W.

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  • N special reporter on human rights in Myanmar says he's terrified about science.

  • Often impending military crackdown in Yangon.

  • What are you seeing there?

  • Yeah, I mean, we've definitely seen an escalation from security forces in terms of both who is on the ground, the type of equipment they're using, as well as a general increase in the frequency of usage of weapons.

  • And so, from the first few days of the protests, we really saw the traffic police, some riot police.

  • But for the most part they were staying behind barricades.

  • And then as we moved into the last couple days, we've seen more soldiers on the streets as opposed to simply police.

  • Um, we've seen tanks on armored personnel carriers as well as, um, just more and more usage of rubber bullets, water cannons on just firing at protesters, both in its attempt to disperse people.

  • But also we've been seeing people getting beaten.

  • Onda sort of being aimed at right on away from the march is there's also a campaign of civil disobedience.

  • What sort of effect is that?

  • Having So the civil disobedience movement is, you know, it really started off as a way for civil servants, especially to strike and to essentially refused to cooperate with the new government.

  • But it has spread to other parts of society as well.

  • And so, um, you know, there is a sort of central banks which have largely been shut down because civil servants are not working but also public banks.

  • Sorry, private banks are also being shut down because it's quite a number of people are already strike.

  • We see that rail rays are being disrupted in Myanmar.

  • Border trade, especially along the border with China, has slowed.

  • Um, nearly to a halt today.

  • And you know, the public is joining in on these protests.

  • On today we saw people essentially pretending all of their cars as well as Tri Shaws and bicycles, had broken down in the middle of the street as a way to both disrupt people from who were trying to goto work despite the strike, but also to disrupt any sort of security force movement in the cities.

  • On one of Hong Sang Soo Chee now facing to criminal charges, her court date was pushed back.

  • What are you hearing about her fate?

  • So it's very unclear we we haven't really gotten a good visualization of her situation really since she was taken.

  • We get information, you know, very sporadically.

  • Andi sort of really late after the fact on Monday, she was actually supposed to have her first day of trialing and instead of that happening she waas Her romance was extended and we were told that her trial would begin today.

  • But then yesterday we found out that she had her first meeting or she had a meeting with a judge and that an additional charge had been levied against her on den.

  • As far as I understand, her next court date is actually March 1st now.

  • But, you know, we don't really know what's gonna happen in the meantime, and she hasn't officially been allowed to have legal representation.

  • Although the NLD, her, the National National League for Democracy, her party has retained lawyers on her behalf.

  • All right, Thank you so much for that update Journalist.

  • Amen.

  • Thank in Yangon.

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