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A white armband campaign was launched on March 19 in Yangon and another 19 townships as a protest against the government’s violent crackdown on student protestors.
The Myanmar Journalist Network has called on media organisations to boycott the activities of government officials in response to what they claim was the direct targeting and beating of journalists during the March 10 crackdown on student protesters in Letpadan.
Riot police were quick to crack down on a march in Hledan market in Yangon, beating several protesters on March 10.
Security police and civilians wearing red armbands attacked activists and students protesting outside Yangon City Hall and arrested eight in a surge in tension over spreading student rallies calling for education reform.
Yangon municipal police moved in to demolish the Michaungkan protest camp at around 3 am in the morning on February 26
The Myanmar Journalist Network on February 18 issued a statement urging government troops, who are taking responsibility to provide security in the Kokang area, to protect media personnel who have been covering the fighting in the area.
Electric power to the whole country was cut at about 1:30 pm on February 17 due to a breakdown of the national power grid between Pyinmana and Paunglaung in upper Myanmar, U Saw Win Maung, deputy chief engineer of the Yangon City Electricity Supply Board, told Mizzima.