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A protester runs past makeshift barricades during a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon's Thaketa township on Monday. Photo: STR/AFP via Getty Images

Protesters in Myanmar launched a "garbage strike" by throwing discarded items at key road intersections in a new civil disobedience drive Tuesday, as the death toll from the military crackdown surpassed 500, per Reuters.

The big picture: The campaign comes after the junta ordered Yangon residents to "dispose of garbage properly," Reuters notes. Monitoring group AAPP said 510 people had been killed by the military since the Feb. 1 coup. The U.S. on Monday suspended trade engagement with Myanmar over the bloodshed.

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U.S. government to suspend trade engagement with Myanmar

People mourn during a funeral ceremony for a civilian who was killed by security forces of Myanmar in Yangon, Myanmar. Photo: Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The U.S. government will cut off all trade engagement with Myanmar as bloodshed continues in the Southeast Asian country, U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai said Monday.

Why it matters: Police have led an increasingly violent crackdown on pro-democracy protesters since the military overthrew Myanmar's democratically elected government in February. Myanmar security forces killed over 100 people Saturday in the bloodiest day since the coup.

Mar 29, 2021 - World

A pariah to the West is a friend to Putin

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

When an authoritarian regime is being buffeted by Western sanctions, it can typically expect a helping hand from a powerful friend: Vladimir Putin.

Driving the news: As Myanmar's military was firing on protesters and bystanders on Saturday and the U.S. was preparing its toughest response yet to the Feb. 1 military coup, Russia's deputy defense minister was in Myanmar to show Moscow's steadfast support and desire to deepen its "strategic partnership."

Mar 28, 2021 - World

U.S. defense chiefs sign international statement condemning Myanmar military violence

Photo: Stringer/Getty Images

The defense chiefs of 12 countries, including the U.S., issued a joint statement on Saturday condemning Myanmar's military and security forces for its crackdown on anti-coup demonstrators.

Why it matters: The statement comes after the U.N. called Saturday the deadliest day of protests since the military last month overthrew the country's democratically elected government. Protesters have rallied to restore democracy in the country for nearly two months.