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Myanmar authorities cordoned off part of Yangon on Monday night while searching for student protesters, drawing international condemnation

#UPDATE  Hundreds of peaceful anti-coup protesters were "barricaded " by Myanmar security forces in apartment buildings in Yangon on Monday, the UN secretary-general said, calling for their release "without violence or arrests "

Demonstrators in Myanmar's biggest city came out Monday night for their first mass protests in defiance of an 8 p.m. curfew, seeking to show support for an estimated 200 students trapped by security forces in a small area of one neighborhood.

MYANMAR COUP | CLAMPDOWN ON CITY CENTERS Security forces' actions Monday night suggest they are trying to deny protesters access to support while gaining footholds for further crackdowns. Meanwhile, more economic disruption looms. #MyamarCoup 

Myanmar authorities cordoned off part of Yangon on Monday night while searching for student protesters, drawing international condemnation

Myanmar authorities cordoned off part of the commercial capital of Yangon on Monday night while searching for student protesters.

Protesters hold homemade shields during a demonstration against the Myanmar military coup in Yangon on Monday. 📷 STR / AFP

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The 14 living awardees are from Belarus, Cameroon, China, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guatemala, Iran, Myanmar, Nepal, Somalia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Venezuela. Monday is International Women’s Day.

On Monday, Roman Catholic nuns dropped to their knees to plead for soldiers to stop the killing after at least three people were shot dead in Myitkyina, a city in northern Myanmar.

Five media companies in Myanmar have been stripped of their licenses, state television MRTV announced on Monday.

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“Ahead of Monday’s planned general strike, Myanmar’s military regime has intensified its crackdown, detaining political activists during nighttime raids and quelling rallies across the country.”

Ratcheting up pressure on the coup junta, Myanmar labor unions have "issued a joint call for a nationwide work stoppage beginning Monday, with the goal of a 'full, extended shutdown of the Myanmar economy.'”

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Trying to fight the massive civil-disobedience movement, the Myanmar junta is now threatening to fire civil servants if they don't return to work by Monday. That's hardly going to win converts to the legitimacy of the coup.

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U.K. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab will call on the United Nations to take action against “systemic” human rights violations in China, Myanmar, Russia and Belarus in a speech to the UN Human Rights Council on Monday

Myanmar’s anti-coup protesters are holding their largest mass rally yet on Monday after riot police shot 2 demonstrators dead on the weekend. Here’s the scene in the south-eastern city of Dawei. More: #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar  #Feb22Coup 

A draft suggests that the European Union next Monday will order imposition of targeted sanctions on the military leaders of Myanmar's coup--an important statement of outrage and an effort to squeeze the junta's economic support.

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The latest from Myanmar: "Demonstrators again returned to the streets of major cities on Monday despite security forces deploying armored vehicles." "Internet services have been restored...after an eight-hour blackout."

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Many journalists in Myanmar have gone into hiding, fearful of arrest following Monday's military coup, as popular resistance mounts to this overthrow of their democracy, and the military tries to crack down.

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Myanmar's military has taken control of the country in a coup and declared a state of emergency, following the detention of Aung San Suu Kyi and other senior government leaders in early morning raids on Monday.

LOOK: Myanmar protesters residing in Japan rally against Myanmar's military at United Nations University in Tokyo, on Monday, February 1, after it seized power from a democratically elected civilian government and arrested its leader Aung San Suu Kyi. 📷: Issei Kato/Reuters

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