Myanmar Police arrest Lu Min after two killed in protests

Myanmar Protests against military coup
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Myanmar police has recently arrested a popular actor Lu Min who supported opposition to a Feb. 1 coup. The arrest took place hours after two people were killed as Mynamar police and soldiers fired to disperese the crowd in the city of Mandalay.

In cities and towns across Myanmar, protests and demonstration are taking place for over two weeks. People of Myanmar are protesting because they want an end to military rule and the release from detention of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi and others.

The violence in Mandalay on Saturday was the bloodiest day  since the protests broke in Myanmar.

Myanmar police arrest Lu Min

Mynamar police arrested famous actor Lu Min and he was one of the six celebrities who were wanted under an anti-incitement law for encouraging civil servants to join in the protest. The charges can carry a two-year prison sentence.

His wife, Khin Sabai Oo, said in a video posted on his Facebook page that police had come to their home in Yangon and taken him away.

“They forced open the door and took him away and didn’t tell me where they were taking him. I couldn’t stop them. They didn’t tell me.”

How did other nations react?

U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price said the United States was “deeply concerned” by reports that security forces had fired on protesters and continued to detain and harass demonstrators and others.

“We stand with the people of Burma,” Price wrote on Twitter. Myanmar is also known as Burma.

Britain said it would consider further action against those involved in violence against protesters, and the French foreign ministry called the violence “unacceptable.”

“The shooting of peaceful protesters in Myanmar is beyond the pale,” British foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Twitter. “We will consider further action, with our international partners, against those crushing democracy & choking dissent.”

The United States, Britain, Canada and New Zealand have announced limited sanctions since the coup, with a focus on military leaders.

More about Myanmar Coup

The army seized power in Mynamar citing fraud in November 8 elections that Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy swept, detaining her and others. The electoral commission had dismissed the fraud complaints.

However, the army has claimed that their actions are within the boundary of constitution and are supported by a majority of people. The military also blamed civilians for instigating violence across the country.

Suu Kyi faces a charge of violating a Natural Disaster Management Law as well as illegally importing six walkie-talkie radios. Her next court appearance is on March 1.

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