Military junta is fighting to contain a large street movement demanding power, releasing the exiled private leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who was detained with top political allies on February 1.
On February 28, 2021, security forces cracked down on a demonstration against a military coup in Yangon, and protesters ran after tear gas was fired. AFP
Yangon: Myanmar security forces shot and killed at least six protesters on Sunday in the bloodiest action ever to suffocate opposition to a military coup four weeks ago.
Military junta is fighting to contain a large street movement demanding power, releasing the exiled private leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who was detained with a coalition of top parties earlier this month.
On Sunday, police and soldiers attempted to end a civil disobedience campaign, resulting in fatal shootings of protesters in at least three cities across the country, causing serious escalations.
Three men were killed and at least 20 were injured when security forces attended a rally at Dawei’s Southern Coast Hub.
Rescue worker Pyae Zaw Hein said the trio was “shot dead in a live round” while the injured were hit by a rubber bullet.
“More injured people continue to enter,” he said. AFP..
Two teenagers were shot in Bago, a two-hour drive north of the commercial capital Yangon.
Ambulance driver said from LwinOo AFP He sent the 18-year-old corpse to a morgue in a major hospital in Bago.
Yangon police began to disperse a small crowd minutes before the day’s protests were scheduled, and a 23-year-old man was shot dead in the eastern part of the city.
“His wife is broken heart,” said Win Ko, a social worker who visited the man’s widow. AFP.. “She is 3 months pregnant.”
Elsewhere, protesters stood behind the barricades, waving homemade shields to protect themselves from onslaught, and police used tear gas to clean up the rally.
Hundreds of people were arrested by the evening and transferred to the city’s infamous Insein Prison. There, many of Myanmar’s major democratic activists were sentenced to long-term prisons under the former dictatorship.
A man in Mandalay was taken to the hospital in severe condition after the projectile pierced his helmet and stayed in his brain.
A doctor in Myanmar’s second-largest city said it was unclear whether the 41-year-old man was hit by live or rubber bullets.
At least one journalist who recorded a Sunday attack by security forces was beaten in the city of Myitkyina at the headwaters of the Irrawaddy River and detained further north, according to local outlet The 74 Media.
Another reporter was shot with a rubber bullet while reporting protests in the central city of Pie, according to the employer.
A spokesman for the ruling Junta did not answer a call asking for comment on Sunday’s violence.
Before Sunday, at least five people have died in fear of coup prevention since the military takeover, three of whom were killed on February 20.
The military said a police officer had also died while trying to subdue the protest.
Weeks of anxiety
Since the military takeover on February 1, Myanmar has been involved in huge demonstrations and civil disobedience campaigns encouraging civil servants to quit their jobs.
Sunday’s crackdown followed a wave of similar violent action a day ago against angry but largely peaceful anti-coup rallies across the country.
Several journalists, including a photographer from the Associated Press in Yangon, were detained after recording an assault by security forces on Saturday.
Human Rights Watch said medical volunteers helping to treat injured protesters were also targeted for arrest by security forces.
More than 850 people have been arrested, prosecuted, or convicted since the coup, according to a surveillance group of the Political Criminal Assistance Association.
However, weekend crackdowns are expected to increase that number dramatically, with state newspapers reporting 479 arrests on Saturday alone.
International criticism of military affairs is fierce, with the United States, the European Union, and other major nations condemning violence against protesters.
“Anything can happen”
Suu Kyi has not been seen in public since being detained during a pre-dawn raid in the capital Naypyidaw.
A court hearing will be held on Monday for exiled leaders who have unregistered walkie-talkies and are facing unclear charges of breach. Coronavirus Restrictions on public meetings.
But her lawyer, Kin Maung Sau, said AFP He still couldn’t meet Suu Kyi before the hearing.
“As a lawyer, I put my trust in the courtroom,” he said. “But anything can happen during this period.”
State media announced on Saturday that military junta had dismissed the UN envoy of a country that had enthusiastically pleaded for help on behalf of Myanmar’s exiled civilian government.
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Myanmar Coup: At least six protesters were shot dead in the most bloody actions as long as police tightened crackdowns
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