An official from deposed Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party has died in custody less than a day after being arrested.
- Zaw Myat Linn died in a military hospital after being detained by security forces
- His death comes after another day of widespread anti-junta protests across Myanmar
- The military government has banned five media companies to restrict coverage of the crisis
Zaw Myat Linn was arrested in the early hours of Tuesday morning before dying later in the day, according to a former member of parliament.
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Ba Myo Thein, an MP of Myanmar’s dissolved upper house, said Mr Myat Linn was detained by security forces at around 1:30am.
The government’s crackdown has left more than 50 protesters dead but has failed to slow the resistance against the February 1 coup that ousted the elected government of Ms Suu Kyi.
Earlier, around one thousand demonstrators defied the wishes of military authorities by taking to the streets of Mandalay.
They carried homemade shields bearing images of the three-fingered salute, the movement’s symbol of defiance.
Those who marched gathered for just a few minutes before dispersing to avoid a possible confrontation with riot police.
Another group made a mobile protest, driving through the streets on motorbikes.
The protesters have adapted their tactics in response to escalating violence from security forces, including the firing of live ammunition at crowds.
In what has become a daily occurrence, protest marches were held in cities and towns across the country, including Ye, in Mon State and Kyaukpadaung in central Myanmar.
According to the Myanmar-based Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, more than 1,850 people have been arrested in connection with the coup.
Dozens of journalists have been arrested, including Thein Zaw of The Associated Press, who has been charged under a public order law that carries a penalty of up to three years in prison.
The military government on Monday imposed a major curb on media coverage of the crisis.
It announced that the licenses of five local media outlets — Mizzima, DVB, Khit Thit Media, Myanmar Now and 7Day News — had been cancelled.
All five had been offering extensive coverage of the protests, often with livestreaming video online.
The offices of Myanmar Now were raided by the authorities on Monday before the measure was announced.