2 Myanmar protesters killed by police fire, reports say

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Two anti-coup protesters had been shot lifeless by riot police who fired dwell rounds Saturday in Mandalay, Myanmar‘s second-largest metropolis, native media reported.

One of the victims was shot within the head and died on the scene, based on Frontier Myanmar, a information and enterprise journal based mostly in Yangon, the nation’s largest metropolis. Another was shot within the chest and died en path to the hospital.

Several different severe accidents had been additionally reported. The shootings occurred close to Mandalay’s Yadanabon dock, the place tear gasoline and rubber bullets had been used on protesters earlier within the day.

The Irrawaddy information web site additionally confirmed the deaths on social media.

Security forces had been rising their stress towards anti-coup protesters earlier Saturday, utilizing water cannons, tear gasoline, slingshots and rubber bullets towards demonstrators and placing dock employees in Mandalay.

At least 5 folks had been injured by rubber bullets and needed to be carried away in ambulances, based on an Associated Press journalist who witnessed the violence.

Some 500 police and troopers descended on the world close to Yadanabon dock after dock employees joined the nationwide civil disobedience motion, refusing to work till the army junta that seized energy in a Feb. 1 coup reinstates the democratically elected authorities.

Protesters and residents had been compelled to flee the neighborhood amid the violence, as safety forces chased after them.

There had been reports of sounds that resembled gunfire. A gaggle of journalists was compelled to flee after being hit with tear gasoline and slingshot projectiles.

Earlier within the week in Mandalay, safety forces cracked down on state railway employees in a similar way after they joined the civil disobedience motion.

Less than an hour after the 8 p.m. curfew began on Wednesday, gunshots had been heard as greater than two dozen police officers with shields and helmets marched previous railway employees’ housing. Numerous movies posted on social media confirmed muzzle flashes as photographs had been heard, and a few police shot slingshots and threw rocks on the buildings. Marching chants of “left, right, left, right” may very well be heard together with shouts of “shoot, shoot.”

Also Saturday, anti-coup protesters in Myanmar’s two largest cities paid tribute to a younger girl who died a day earlier after being shot by police throughout a rally towards the army takeover.

An impromptu memorial created beneath an elevated roadway in Yangon attracted round 1,000 protesters. A wreath of vibrant yellow flowers was hung beneath {a photograph} of Mya Thwet Thwet Khine, who was shot within the capital, Naypyitaw, on Feb. 9, two days earlier than her twentieth birthday.

Her dying on Friday, introduced by her household, was the primary confirmed fatality amongst 1000’s of protesters who’ve confronted off towards safety forces since prime army commander Min Aung Hlaing took energy within the coup.

Protesters on the memorial chanted and held up indicators that learn “End the dictatorship in Myanmar” and “You will be remembered Mya Thwet Thwet Khine.” The supporters additionally laid roses and rose petals on photos of the girl.

Video from the day she was shot present her sheltering from water cannons and instantly dropping to the bottom after a bullet penetrated the motorbike helmet she was carrying. She had been on life assist in a hospital for greater than every week with what medical doctors stated was no likelihood of restoration.

U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price supplied his authorities’s condolences Friday and reiterated calls on the army to chorus from violence towards peaceable protesters.

In Mandalay on Saturday, a protest led by medical college college students drew greater than 1,000 folks, lots of whom additionally carried flowers and pictures of Mya Thwet Thwet Khine.

Others held indicators saying “CDM,” referring to the nationwide civil disobedience motion that has inspired medical doctors, engineers and others to protest the coup by refusing to work.

Across the nation, protests confirmed no indicators of slowing down regardless of latest crackdowns by the army authorities together with a sixth consecutive night time through which the web was reduce for a lot of hours.

Demonstrators additionally gathered elsewhere in Yangon, chanting and holding placards and pictures of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, whose democratically elected authorities was overthrown.

Aerial photos taken Friday confirmed streets in Yangon painted with the phrases (*2*) in Burmese, and “We want democracy” and “Free our leaders” in English.

Security forces have been comparatively restrained to date in confronting protesters in Yangon, however gave the impression to be toughening their stance in areas the place there may be much less media presence.

Police used pressure for a second straight day Friday to arrest protesters in Myitkyina, the capital of the distant northern state of Kachin. The Kachin ethnic minority has lengthy been in battle with the central authorities, and there was an intermittent armed wrestle towards the military there for many years.

The junta seized energy after detaining Suu Kyi and stopping Parliament from convening, saying elections in November had been tainted by voting irregularities. The election final result, through which Suu Kyi’s get together received by a landslide, was affirmed by an election fee that has since been changed by the army. The junta says it’ll maintain new elections in a 12 months’s time.

The US, British and Canadian governments have imposed sanctions on the brand new army leaders, and so they and different nations have referred to as for Suu Kyi’s administration to be restored.

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