Myanmar police fired at protesters on Sunday, the bloodiest day of demonstrations against a military coup, killing at least 11 people and injuring several, according to political and medical sources, residents and media said. ..
Police fired early and fired in various parts of Yangon’s largest city after stun grenades, tear gas, and aerial shots failed to dissolve the crowd. Soldiers also strengthened the police.
“Myanmar is like a battlefield,” said Charles Maung Bo, the first Buddhist-dominated Catholic cardinal, on Twitter.
Myanmar has been in turmoil since the military seized power and detained government leader Aung San Suu Kyi and many of his party leaders elected on February 1, with her party in the November elections. Claims to have won the landslide.
After nearly fifty years of military junta, the coup, which suspended interim measures for democracy, drew hundreds of thousands of people to the streets and blamed Western nations.
UN officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the office had confirmed at least five deaths in Yangon.
Police also fired in Dawei in the south, killing three and injuring several, politician Kyaw Min Htike told town Reuters.
Myanmar Now media reported that two people were killed in a protest in Mandalay’s second city. Mandalay resident Sai Thun told Reuters that security forces fired again later that day, killing a woman.
“The medical team checked her and confirmed that she wasn’t successful. She was shot in the head,” Sai Thun said.
Police and a spokesman for the ruling military council did not answer the call for comment.
Deaths in Yangon included teacher Tin New Yee, who died after police stormed to disperse teacher protests at the stun grenade and fled the crowd, said her daughter and fellow. The teacher said.
Police also threw stun grenades outside the Yangon Medical College, scattering doctors and students in white lab coats. A group called the White Court Alliance of Medics said more than 50 medical staff had been arrested.
Police have disbanded protests in other towns, including Lasio in the northeast, Mieiku in the deep south, and Hpa-An in the east, according to residents and media.
Junta leader General Min Aung Hlaing said last week that authorities were using minimal force to deal with protests.
Nevertheless, at least 14 protesters died in the turmoil. The army said the policeman had been killed.
The crackdown appears to indicate the military’s determination to impose its powers in the face of rebellion, not only on the streets, but also in civil servants, local governments, the judiciary, the education and health sector, and the media.
In a statement, Phil Robertson, Deputy Director of Asia for New York-based Human Rights Watch, said, “A clear expansion of Myanmar security forces in the use of deadly forces in multiple towns and cities. It’s exorbitant and unacceptable. “
“I am appalled by the increasing trend of violence and the use of force against protesters,” the Canadian embassy said, saying Indonesia is deeply in control within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to resolve the turmoil. .. Concerned.
State-owned MRTV television said more than 470 people were arrested on Saturday when police began a national crackdown. It was not clear how many were detained on Sunday.
Youth activist Esther Ze Naw said people were fighting the horrors they lived with under the junta.
“It’s clear that they’re trying to instill fear in us by running and hiding us,” she said. “We can’t accept it.”
State television announced on Saturday that Myanmar’s UN envoy was fired for betraying the country after urging the UN to use “everything needed” to reverse the coup.
Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun remained rebellious. “I decided to fight back as much as I could,” he told Reuters in New York.
Western nations blamed the coup and imposed limited sanctions, but generals traditionally evaded diplomatic pressure. They promised to hold a new election, but they didn’t set a date.
Suu Kyi’s party and supporters said they must respect the results of the November vote.
Suu Kyi, 75, who spent nearly 15 years under house arrest, has been charged with illegally importing six transceiver radios and violating the Natural Disaster Act for violating the Coronavirus Protocol. The next hearing in her case is Monday.
At least 11 people died on Myanmar’s bloodiest day against military coup
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