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    (Reuters) – Myanmar security forces on Thursday arrested Paing Takhon, a model and actor who had spoken out against the coup, his sister told Reuters, as activists placed shoes filled with flowers in parts of Yangon to commemorate dead protesters.

    Troops opened fire on pro-democracy protesters on Wednesday, killing at least 15 people and wounding dozens, activists and media said.

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    Nearly 600 civilians have been killed by security forces in the turmoil since the junta seized power from the elected government of Aung San Su Kyi in February, the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) said on Wednesday.

    The advocacy group said 2,847 were currently being held in detention.

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    A spokesman for the junta could not be reached for comment.

    Arrest warrants have been issued for hundreds of people, with the junta this week going after scores of influencers, entertainers, artists and musicians.

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    The security forces came with 8 military trucks and about 50 soldiers and it was unclear where he had been taken, she said

    Paing Takhon had been suffering from malaria and a heart condition, his sister said.

    The country’s most famous comedian, Zarganar, was arrested on Tuesday, media reported.

    Overseas, diplomatic tussles emerged again on Wednesday.

    Myanmar’s ambassador to London Kyaw Zwar Minn said he was locked out of the embassy, with sources saying his deputy had shut him out and taken charge on behalf of the military.

    Kyaw Zwar Minn has broken ranks with the ruling junta in recent weeks, calling for the release of detained civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

    There have also been similar counter claims in embassies in other global centres and at the United Nations.

    “CDM is an activity to destroy the country,” he said.

    Fitch Solutions said in a report that Western sanctions targeting the military were unlikely to succeed in restoring democracy, but said the army was losing control.

    It predicted a violent revolution pitting the military against an armed opposition comprised of members of the anti-coup movement and ethnic militias.

    “The escalating violence on civilians and ethnic militias show that the Tatmadaw (military) is increasingly losing control of the country,” it said.

    The vast majority of people back Suu Kyi’s ousted government, it added.

    The United Nations’ special envoy for Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener, hopes to visit the country in the next few days, a U.N. spokesman said in New York.

    (Reporting by Reuters Staff; Writing by Ed Davies; Editing by Michael Perry)

    Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters.

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