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Myanmar Crisis

Myanmar death toll rises as Chinese factories are torched

Martial law expanded to wider region of Yangon

Protesters transport a person who was shot during a security forces crackdown on anti-coup protesters in Yangon on March 14.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Myanmar's military has extended martial law to broader sections of Yangon after the deaths of dozens of protesters in the city's garment production hub, where several Chinese factories have suffered arson attacks.

The military announced Monday that it is expanding martial law to six districts in the country's most populous city, meaning that the armed forces and not the police will maintain public order in the designated areas. This comes after some of the worst bloodshed since the Feb. 1 coup occurred over the weekend.

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