Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Monks assaulted cars parked in protest against the coup Thursday in Myanmar's biggest city, Yangon.
The incident occurred as protesters waited at a red light in front of the Arts School near Shwegondaing bridge in Bahan township, the Myanmar Times reported.
At least one person was injured and four cars were damaged after 10 people from a nearby monastery, including monks, "came out of the monastery and assaulted the cars with sticks and rods," an eyewitness, Ko Aung Thu Tun told Myanmar Times.
A monk from the monastery said in the local report that parking cars in public roads was illegal.
The monk added that "we don't support violence as we are monks," but since there's "over 100 monasteries on the premises," it was unclear which monks were involved in the incident.
Drivers staged the traffic jam of parked and broken-down cars in Yangon Wednesday to protest the coup by blocking security forces and civil servants routes to work, which continued Thursday, a daily briefing from the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners shows.
The latest protest is part of the Civil Disobedience Movement, which has seen its numbers rise across various sectors, from veteran activists, to doctors and medical staff, to teachers, to policemen, among other people, as the Myanmar military piles on charges against former civilian leaders and activists.
Kyi was previously charged with possessing illegal radios and now faces an additional charge of violating a disaster management law by interacting with a crowd during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mywint, who was Myanamar's president under Kyi, was charged with breaching natural disaster restrictions.
On Thursday, Mandalay Region Chief Minister Dr. Zaw Myint Maung, the vice chairman of the National League for Democracy, was charged with incitement at the Aung Myay Thar Township Court, The Irrawaddy reported.
The regime also charged Mandalay's ousted regional minister for natural resources and environmental conservation, U Myo Thit, with incitement on Wednesday at the Chan Aye Thar Zan Township Court, and filed the same charge against Rakhine State Chief Minister U Nyi Pu.
The regime will hear the case against Pu on Feb. 22.
According to the AAPP's Thursday briefing, 521 individuals have been arrested, charged or sentenced since the military coup, and 477 are still in detention or have outstanding warrants.
On Thursday morning alone, 12 Foreign Affairs Ministry civil servants participating in the CMD were arrested at TatKone Township, Nay Pyi Taw, according to the update.
In the afternoon, more than 30 people, including women were detained and the crowd was dispersed with a water cannon in protests in Nay Pyi Taw, The Irrwawady tweeted.
The AAPP update also mentioned the incident Thursday near the monastery in the Bahan township, and another form of protest in the Mandalay Town where railways have halted operations to participate in the CDM since Feb. 8.
On Wednesday, the military arrested railway drivers, Zaw Ko Ko Maung, Thant Zin and two others from Meiktila Central Transportation School and demanded they drive the trains, the update also said.
On Saturday, seven activists, including two veterans of the 1988 pro-democracy uprisings, were charged under section 505 (b) of the Penal Code for allegedly defaming the state and threatening "public tranquility," in their social media posts, the National Administrative Council said in a statement, Anadolu Agency reported.
The total number of policemen joining the movement his risen to 61 since the coup began, the AAPP said Saturday in a briefing.