MANDALAY, Myanmar – Protesters against the military takeover in Myanmar wore homemade shields and moved with greater caution and agility on Tuesday to adjust their tactics to the escalating violence of security forces who are reluctant to use lethal force to break up crowds

In Mandalay, the second largest city in the country, around a thousand protesters appeared on the streets The vanguard carried shields marked with a three-fingered salute, the symbol of defiance of the movement.They marched only a few minutes before dispersing to avoid a possible confrontation with the riot police.Another group protested mobile and rode motorbikes through the streets

Security forces trying to stop people from gathering have most commonly used water cannons, tear gas and rubber bullets, but have also fired live ammunition at crowds. The crackdown has killed more than 60 protesters but has not slowed the widespread protests against February 1 coup that ousted the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi

According to media reports and an activist who knew him, a school principal who was involved in the protest movement died of unknown reasons on Tuesday after being taken into custody by security forces

The death of Zaw Myat Lin in custody was the second in recent days. He was a member of the National League for Democracy Party of Suu Kyi

The deaths of Zaw Myat Lin and Khin Maung Latt, a party activist jailed Saturday night and whose body was rescued from a military hospital the next day, has raised questions about whether the government is torturing and killing inmates, witnesses said the body of Khin Maung Latt suffered wounds consistent with torture, according to Human Rights Watch from New York

Zaw Myat Lin was arrested Monday night while trying to escape a police raid, the online news service Voice of Myanmar and other media reported

Maung Saungkha, an activist and friend of Zaw Myat Lin, said his family were asked to recover his body on Tuesday and were not told how he died

Night hours have become increasingly dangerous – Police and army units routinely move around neighborhoods, shooting at random to intimidate residents, and making targeted arrests

According to the Myanmar-based Relief Society for Political Prisoners, more than 1930 people arrested Dozens of journalists have been arrested, including Thein Zaw of The Associated Press, who has been charged under a public order law that provides for a sentence of up to three years in prison

According to local news and social media, protest marches took place in cities across the country on Tuesday

Protests took place in Ye, a city in the state of Mon in southern Myanmar Kyaukpadaung, a city in central Myanmar; Mohnyin, a city in northern Kachin State; and Myeik Taung in the southeast, the authorities reportedly used violence

The armed police on Monday went on night patrols, yelling abuse, shooting at buildings and making targeted arrests, apparently to spread fear and weaken the resolve of those who opposed the takeover of the army

A video recorded Monday night in a district of Yangon, the country’s largest city, shows more than 20 police officers swarming down a street, around a corner and then opening fire, pointing to them a window or balcony overlooking it and shoot again

Their actions took place on a dramatic night when thousands of residents broke the 8p curfew to show support for protesters trapped by police in an enclave of streets they came out of their homes, singing songs against the Coup and beating up pots, pans and other utensils, partly in the hope of distracting the police from the estimated 200 demonstrators

Witnesses said several dozen of those seeking refuge in the Sanchaung neighborhood were arrested, but others went home at dawn, a few hours after police withdrew from the area
Authorities continued their attack on the media on Tuesday, raiding Kamayut Media’s offices and arresting co-founder Han Thar Nyein and editor-in-chief Nathan Maung. Some of the company’s protest coverage can be found on its YouTube channel

A member of Han Thar’s family said witnesses said seven military trucks were involved in the raid and took away office supplies and equipment, as well as the two men. The family member did not know where the men were being taken

Maung studied film and video production and political science at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro before moving to the media company

The military also raided Mizzima News offices. No one was arrested in the raid, despite the fact that equipment was destroyed and property was taken

The military government severely curtailed media coverage of the crisis on Monday, it was announced that the licenses of five local media outlets – Mizzima, DVB, Khit Thit Media, Myanmar Now and 7Day News – have been terminated

All five had offered full coverage of the protests, often with live streaming videos online. The Myanmar Now offices were raided by authorities on Monday before the measure was announced

DVB, or Democratic Voice of Burma, said it was not surprised by the cancellation and would continue to broadcast on satellite TV and online

“We are concerned about the safety of our reporters and our staff, but in the current uprising the whole country has become citizen journalists and the military authorities have no way of interrupting the flow of information,” said Executive Director Aye Chan Naing AP

“Revoking the licenses of independent media that have provided vital information about ongoing events in the country is a draconian measure that amounts to direct censorship and violates fundamental rights and international standards to which Myanmar has committed,” said the IPI Executive Director Barbara Trionfi said in a statement

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