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Armoured vehicle seen on streets of Yangon

An armoured vehicle drove around Yangon on Sunday (February 14), which marked a ninth day of anti-coup demonstrations across Myanmar.

It is believed to be the first time such a vehicle – believed to be a Ukrainian-made armoured personnel carrier – has been seen in the commercial capital since the military coup two weeks ago. It wasn’t immediately clear why the military vehicle was driving on Sule Pagoda Road, around Yangon City Hall and the city centre.

On Sunday, hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets across the country, as the new army rulers grappled to contain a strike by government workers that could cripple their ability to run the country.

Fear and lack of trust among communities against police and the military has been running high in Yangon and many other townships in Myanmar over the past few days.

A civil disobedience movement to protest against the Feb. 1 coup that deposed the civilian government led by Aung San Suu Kyi started with doctors. It now affects a swathe of government departments.

Residents banded together late on Saturday to patrol streets in Yangon and the country’s second-largest city Mandalay, fearing arrest raids as well as common crime.

Also late on Saturday, the army reinstated a law requiring people to report overnight visitors to their homes, allowed security forces to detain suspects and search private property without court approval and ordered the arrest of well-known backers of mass protests.

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