Two dead at rally against military coup in Myanmar

During the protests against the military coup in Myanmar, a man was killed by police shots, according to media reports on Saturday in Mandalay. This was also reported by emergency medical services. There was talk of another fatality and at least 30 injuries in the afternoon (local time). Video footage from a broadcaster showed how security forces opened fire to disperse the crowd.

It was not initially confirmed whether it was rubber bullets or live ammunition. Protesters showed projectiles in the cameras as evidence. You can also see the use of tear gas. A doctor told the Irrawaddy broadcaster that several people were suffering from the effects of tear gas.

Demonstrations took place in several cities. In Yangon and in Naypyidaw, young people met for funeral ceremonies for Mya Thwate Thwate Khaing. The young woman died on Friday from following her injury. A week ago she was shot in the head at a rally. In Mandalay, some demonstrators shot at police officers with slingshots.

The military overthrew the government on February 1 and arrested the de facto Prime Minister Aung San Suu Kyi. On that day, the newly elected parliament in November should have met for its first session. Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NDL) party won the election by a large margin, but the military speaks of fraud.


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