The Southeast Asian bloc is considering stronger measures against the Myanmar military but a range of factors may preserve the unproductive status quo.
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Some 400 miles across the country, a Chin soldier stationed in Yangon also defected and has gone into hiding; all say they're defying orders to use lethal force against unarmed civilians.
Hlaing Tharyar Township residents began fleeing the city en masse Tuesday morning, after the military brutally cracked down on protests on Sunday, leaving dozens dead, and suspended civil law there.
Those killed on Monday were shot dead in several locations in the country's central regions, amid a nationwide internet block.
The ousted civilian leader's lawyer told reporters the delay is due to "legal wrangling", after the military government declared martial law in six Yangon townships in which it had brutally cracked down on demonstrations the night before.
At least five people have been killed in Mandalay today when security forces fired live rounds at peaceful protesters, after three more people died in Yangon overnight.
Striking truck drivers, bureaucrats and bank workers have brought international trade through Yangon’s ports to a standstill, with exports estimated to be down as much as 90 percent since February 1.