Myanmar coup latest: Explosion reported at Yangon shopping mall

Thursday, April 8

4:00 p.m. A small explosion has been reported in Myanmar Plaza, a major shopping mall in Yangon, BBC Burmese has reported. No injury has yet been reported, and the explosion sounded like a grenade, according to the BBC citing a mall tenant.

10:30 a.m. Security forces launch a morning raid using heavy arms in the township of Kalay in the country's northwest, killing at least eight civilians. Kalay is close to the border with the Indian states of Manipur and Mizoram.

9:00 a.m. State-owned media announces an additional list of celebrities who have been charged for "spreading news to affect state stability." This is the fifth release of the lists, which began on April 2. Each list contains the names of 20 people and shows the Facebook account and profile photo of each "suspect," indicating the military's intent to curb dissent published on social media.

Wednesday, April 7

1:15 a.m. A sign of how new forms of media are springing up in the face of government restrictions.

After #Myanmar military regime blocks the internet and shuts down media outlets, a daily news pamphlet is born.#WhatsHappeningInMyanmar

— Tan Hui Yee (@Tan_Hui_Yee) April 6, 2021

1:00 a.m. The Myanmar-based Assistance Association for Political Prisoners says 581 people have been killed by security forces since the Feb. 1 coup, with 2,750 people currently detained.

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