Protester shot dead in Myanmar, 2 Australians under house arrest

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The state-run Kyemon newspaper prominently featured a quote from independence hero Aung San, Suu Kyi's father, who in 1947 said: "It is everyone's duty to sacrifice their lives and defend and fight back against foreign countries' insults".

Health care workers marched through Myanmar's second-biggest city Sunday as part of a broad civil disobedience movement against last month's coup.

A statement issued Sunday by the Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw - an organization of the elected members of Parliament whom the military barred from taking their seats but who have set themselves up as an alternative government to the junta - announced that the general public has the legal right to self-defense against the security forces.

Some 224 people have been killed and 2,258 have been arrested, charged or sentenced, according to the latest report from the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, a Myanmar-focused human rights organization based in neighboring Thailand.

Plumes of smoke rose over Myanmar's largest city Yangon on March 16 as security forces fired on unarmed protesters.

Her lawyer dismissed that accusation as a joke.

"I am really proud of what you did for democracy and this country", she said, in a video of the funeral service posted on social media.

Western countries have condemned the coup and called for an end to the violence and for Suu Kyi's release.

Malaysia's Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin echoed the need for an "emergency" summit among the 10-country Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Myanmar's coup leader, General Min Aung Hlaing, took part in a video conference with regional defence chiefs on Thursday, his first global engagement since seizing power, state television showed. Asian neighbours have offered to help find a solution, but the military has a long record of shunning outside pressure.

The army has defended its coup, saying its accusations of fraud in a November 8 election swept by Suu Kyi's party were rejected by the electoral commission.

The coup took place as the new session of parliament was set to open.

To protest the brutality of the crackdown, a group of doctors in Mandalay staged a "placard only" demonstration by lining up signs in the street, Voice of Myanmar reported.

A Myanmar military spokesman did not answer telephone calls seeking comment.

The bulk of the death toll came in Yangon's Hlaing Tharyar - an impoverished garment-producing township mostly housing Chinese-owned factories - where the junta later imposed martial law.

So far, more than 230 people have been killed in anti-coup unrest, according to a local monitoring group, as security forces have deployed tear gas, rubber bullets and live rounds against protesters.

Soldiers and police terrorised several battle-scarred Yangon neighbourhoods overnight Wednesday to Thursday as a mobile data blockade, combined with an internet shutdown, pushed scared residents further into an information blackout.

The EU's expected sanctions follow a United States decision last month to target the military and its business interests.

Information within Myanmar is becoming increasingly hard to verify after authorities have restricted the internet services that protesters use to organise and report. Britain last month froze the assets and placed travel bans on three Myanmar generals.

"If many Myanmar people flow across the border because of an urgent case, we have prepared the measures.to receive them", said provincial governor Pongrat Piromrat.

Hundreds have fled towns and cities since the coup and are sheltering in areas controlled by ethnic minority militias on the Thai border, an official from one group said.

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