Arrests fuel anger in Myanmar's protests

In Myanmar's biggest city Yangon, 28-year-old protester "Spidey Htoo" is suiting up.

His name is a pseudonym, his costume - another way to conceal his identity.

And he needs to do that, he says, because police are coming at night to arrest people.

Arrest raids in recent days have added to anger over the detention of democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi and Yangon, Mandalay and the capital Naypitaw witnessed the eighth straight day of protests on Saturday (February 13).

The United Nations human rights office said on Friday (February 12) that more than 350 people, including officials, activists and monks, have been arrested since the February 1 coup.

The government did not respond to requests for comment.

The army says it seized power because of alleged fraud in a November election that Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy won by a landslide - complaints that have been dismissed by Myanmar's electoral commission.

On Friday the 47-member U.N. Human Rights Council adopted a resolution calling on Myanmar to release Suu Kyi and other officials from detention and refrain from using violence on protesters.

The United States began imposing sanctions on the ruling generals and some businesses linked to them this week and U.S. Charge d'Affaires Mark Cassayre urged other to follow that example.

"Join us in promoting accountability for those responsible for the coup, including through targeted sanctions."

Myanmar's most important ally - China - told the special session in Geneva that it was working towards a "return to normal" in its neighbor.

But Ambassador Chen Xu added that, quote, "What happened in Myanmar is essentially Myanmar's internal affairs".

Video Transcript

- In Myanmar's biggest city, Yangon, 28-year-old protester "Spidey Htoo" is suiting up. His name is a pseudonym. His costume, another way to conceal his identity.

SPIDEY HTOO: [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH]

- And he needs to do that, he says, because police are coming at night to arrest people.

SPIDEY HTOO: [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH]

[MUSIC PLAYING]

- Arrest raids in recent days have added to anger over the detention of democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi. And Yangon, Mandalay and the capital Naypitaw witnessed the eighth straight day of protests on Saturday.

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- United Nations human rights office said on Friday that more than 350 people, including officials, activists, and monks, have been arrested since the February 1 coup. The government did not respond to requests for comment. The army says it seized power because of alleged fraud in a November election Suu Kyi's and National League for Democracy won by a landslide, complaints that have been dismissed by Myanmar's electoral commission.

On Friday, the 47-member UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution calling on Myanmar to release Suu Kyi and other officials from detention and refrain from using violence on protesters. The United States began imposing sanctions on the ruling generals and some businesses linked to them this week, and US Charge d'Affaires Mark Cassayre urged others to follow that example.

MARK CASSAYRE: Join us in promoting accountability for those responsible for the coup, including through targeted sanctions.

- Myanmar's most important ally, China, told the special session in Geneva that it was working towards a return to normal in its neighbor. But ambassador Chen Xu also added that, quote, "What happened in Myanmar is essentially Myanmar's internal affairs."