Facebook bans Myanmar military accounts citing the coup

Myanmar faces more protests as Indonesian diplomatic efforts falter

Three people have been killed as a result of the daily protests, including two who died Saturday in Mandalay - one of them a teenage boy - when police and security forces used live rounds and rubber bullets, tear gas, water cannon and slingshots against demonstrators.

"Events since the February 1 coup, including deadly violence, have precipitated a need for this ban", the social media giant said in a statement.

"Any sale or transfer of military-related equipment to Myanmar could provide the means to further repress the people of Myanmar in violation of global humanitarian and human rights law", the letter said.

Members of a group supporting Myanmar's military junta have attacked and injured people protesting against the army's February 1 seizure of power that ousted the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi. Members of the lawmakers' group, the Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (CRPH), were not immediately available for comment. Reuters news agency reported this week that Indonesia had proposed sending ASEAN observers to make sure military leaders fulfill their promise to hold fair, new elections.

The country has been gripped by a torrent of anger among hundreds of thousands of people who have taken to the streets to call for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and a return to democracy.

On Tuesday, hundreds of protesters gathered outside Indonesia's embassy in Yangon to voice opposition to a new election, demanding that the votes they cast in November be recognised.

"Our foreign minister is Aung San Suu Kyi", the protesters chanted, referring to the post she held in the government she led after winning a 2015 election in a landslide.

Retno did not mention an election but emphasized "the importance of an inclusive democratic transition process". Indonesia's acknowledgement that the group has a role to play could open an avenue for negotiations between Myanmar's ruling junta and its opponents.

Indonesia's foreign minister Retno Marsudi met Myanmar's foreign minister Wunna Maung Lwin for talks in Bangkok.

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A Thai source said the Myanmar minister also had a meeting scheduled with Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha.

Myanmar's foreign minister visited Thailand on Wednesday in the first visit overseas by a senior Myanmar official since the military seized power in a coup early this month.

"Some things are not official", he told reporters.

Protests continued across the country on Wednesday, from Yangon, where ethnic minority groups dressed in traditional outfits and waved flags, to Mandalay, where protesters rode elephants who had "Down with Military Dictatorship" scrawled across their bodies.

Indonesia's efforts to resolve the crisis comes as global concern is growing.

Security forces have shown more restraint compared with earlier crackdowns against people who had pushed for democracy during nearly half a century of direct military rule.

While Western countries have imposed sanctions, Myanmar's regional neighbours have taken a different tack.

China, which has traditionally taken a softer line, said global action should contribute to stability, promote reconciliation and avoid complicating the situation, media reported.

Former colonial power Britain announced sanctions on six generals - including army chief Min Aung Hlaing - to send "a clear message. that those responsible for human rights violations will be held to account", said Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.

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