Protests against the the Feb.1 coup that ousted the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi continued Thursday despite the killing of 11 people by security forces a day earlier.
Witnesses outside Insein Prison in Yangon on Wednesday saw busloads of mostly young people, looking happy with some flashing the three-finger gesture of defiance adopted by the protest movement.
Some of those areas have become battle zones, with protesters firing sling shots and throwing petrol bombs at security forces who have fired live rounds.
The country has been in turmoil since a February 1 coup ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and triggered mass protests against the new military junta.
Myanmar has seen weeks of mass protests demanding the military release civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who was detained in a February 1 coup.
The deposed civilian leader is accused of a violation of communications laws as well as intent to incite public unrest, her lawyer Khin Maung Zaw said.
Even the new US ambassador to UN Linda Thomas Greenfield said that the United States 'stands in solidarity' with the people of Myanmar who are in the streets protesting the coup.
There were arrests in Yangon and Mandalay, the two biggest cities where demonstrators have been hitting the streets daily to peacefully demand the restoration of the government.
On February 1, Myanmar's military overthrew the government and declared a year-long state of emergency hours before the newly-elected parliament was due to convene.
Photos and videos on social media showed the attacks and injured people in downtown Yangon as police stood by without intervening.
After over 120 years of British colonial rule, Myanmar, then called Burma, became an independent republic in 1948.
Saturday marked the deadliest day since the February 1 coup, with two people killed after security forces fired on a rally in Mandalay and a third man shot dead in Yangon.
Suu Kyi, who was ousted in a military coup on February 1, has already been charged with possessing walkie-talkies that were imported without being registered.
Despite military repression, widespread protests continue across Myanmar, including Yangon and other key cities.
Suu Kyi's extended detention is likely to further inflame tensions between the military, which seized power a February 1 coup, and the protesters who have taken to the streets.