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(MYANMAR) Military LATEST Coup Report: Facebook has deleted the main page of the military, citing its standards prohibiting the incitement of violence, a day after two protesters were killed when police opened fire at a demonstration against the February 1 coup #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Feb.22: Two people were demonstrating against the overthrow of the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi, emergency workers said:

‘ Facebook removes main page of Myanmar military for ‘incitement of violence’ in line with our global policies, we’ve removed the Tatmadaw True News Information Team Page from Facebook for repeated violations of our Community Standards prohibiting incitement of violence and coordinating harm,” a Facebook representative said in a statement’

Posted 7h ago, updated 7h ago

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At least two have been shot dead as anti-military demonstrations continue in Myanmar.(ABC News/Image: Reuters)

The Myanmar military is known as the Tatmadaw. 

Its True News page was no longer available on Sunday.

Riot police stand guard behind a road barricade in Mandalay
Police have fatally shot several pro-democracy campaigners.(AP)

It was the bloodiest day in more than two weeks of demonstrations.

Last Sunday, the military began to roll out armoured vehicles in several cities.

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Armoured vehicles seen in Yangon streets as protests continue in Myanmar

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Facebook in recent years has engaged with civil rights activists and democratic political parties in Myanmar and pushed back against the military after coming under heavy international criticism for failing to contain online hate campaigns.

In 2018, it banned army chief Min Aung Hlaing — now the military ruler — and 19 other senior officers and organisations, and took down hundreds of pages and accounts run by military members for coordinated inauthentic behaviour.

Ahead of November elections, Facebook announced it had taken down a network of 70 fake accounts and pages operated by members of the military that had posted either positive content about the army or criticism of Ms Suu Kyi and her party. 

Anti-coup protesters from the LGBTQ community attend a rally
A young woman shot in the head by police during a protest last week died Friday morning.(AP)

Australia ‘saddened’ by death of pro-democracy protester

Protesters paid tribute to a young woman who died a day earlier, after being shot by police during a rally in the capital, Naypyitaw.

A woman cries during a memorial for killed protester Mya Thwet Thwet Khine
People attend a memorial event for Mya Thwet Thwet Khine.(AP)

An impromptu memorial created under an elevated roadway in Yangon attracted about 1,000 protesters. 

A wreath of bright yellow flowers was hung beneath a photograph of Mya Thwet Thwet Khine, who was shot on February 9, two days before her 20th birthday. 

“We are saddened by reports of the death of a young woman injured by police gunfire during demonstrations in Nay Pyi Taw on 9 February,” a spokesperson for Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) told the ABC.

“We continue to urge authorities to refrain from using violence in response to those exercising their assembly rights through nationwide protests.”

Singapore, which together with Myanmar is part of the 10-member Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN), condemned the use of lethal force as “inexcusable”. 

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“If the situation continues to escalate, there will be serious adverse consequences for Myanmar and the region.”

Both Singapore and Indonesia have said ASEAN should play a key role in encouraging dialogue and a return to normalcy in Myanmar.

US State Department spokesman Ned Price offered his government’s condolences and reiterated calls on the military to refrain from violence against peaceful protesters.

The US, Britain, Canada and New Zealand have announced limited sanctions, with a focus on military leaders.

Protesters carry a banner with Aung San Suu Kyi's face reading 'free our leader'
Aung San Suu Kyi’s democratically-elected government was overthrown on February 1.(AP)

DFAT said Australia was “deeply concerned” about the military coup and was “reviewing its engagement with Myanmar, including in relation to defence cooperation and sanctions”.

“We continue to call for the immediate release of Australian economist Professor Sean Turnell and others arbitrarily detained since 1 February,” the spokesperson said.

Professor Turnell was arrested by authorities days after the coup was launched.

He is the director of the Myanmar Development Institute in the capital, Naypyidaw, and has worked as an economic advisor to Ms Suu Kyi for several years:

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#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Feb.21: 2021:

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