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Myanmar Crisis

Myanmar protest crackdown moves to new urban phase

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BANGKOK/YANGON -- Thousands of residents poured into the streets across Myanmar's largest city Yangon late on Monday, defying a nightly curfew to show support for about 200 protesters encircled by security forces in a central district earlier in the day.

The standoff followed moves by the military junta on Sunday to occupy hospitals, university campuses and schools in Yangon and four other cities including Mandalay, the second-biggest city.

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