YANGON—The Myanmar military raided the headquarters and executive committee offices of the National League for Democracy (NLD), the party led by State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, in Yangon on Tuesday night, following a day of continued nationwide protests against the coup in defiance of a warning from the military regime.
At 10 p.m. on Tuesday, the same day the regime announced an 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. curfew and a ban on gatherings of five or more people in almost all of the townships in Yangon, the country’s commercial capital, military personnel broke down doors to enter the party’s headquarters in Shwe Gone Daing, Bahan Township, and its Central Executive Committee office in Tamwe Township.
NLD Central Information Committee member U Kyi Toe said the military confiscated property from the offices including documents and computer hard disks.
“We strongly condemn this unlawful act by the military,” he said.
Following the coup on Feb. 1, NLD offices across Myanmar’s states and regions were raided by the military and guarded by troops. The regime sealed off the offices and even removed portraits of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and party flags, according to NLD members.
Last week, the CEC demanded the military stop its unlawful actions after soldiers sealed off after a number of party headquarters and offices in Kachin and Kayah states and Mandalay and Ayeyarwady regions.
On the fourth day of nationwide protests against the coup, the military regime banned gatherings of five or more people in Yangon, Mandalay, Naypyitaw, Magwe, Sagaing, Kachin, Kayah, Mon, Karen and Shan. Despite the order, protests against the military coup continue to gain momentum in the country. On Tuesday, at least six people were injured when police opened fire on a protest in Naypyitaw; two of the injured remain in critical condition.
US State Department spokesperson Ned Price said the US is very concerned about the military’s announcement restricting public gatherings.
He said the US stands with the people of Myanmar and supports their right to assemble peacefully and protest peacefully in support of the democratically elected government.
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