Deadliest day of protests in Myanmar as police opened fire

Deadliest day of protests in Myanmar as police opened fire
The wounded man is treated in an ambulance in Yangon's Hledan township. Source: BBC BURMESE
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Daily US Times: Police opened fire on people protesting against the military coup in Myanmar killing at least 18, the UN human rights office says, on the deadliest day of anti-coup rallies.

Deaths were reported in several cities, including Yangon, Mandalay and Dawei as police used live rounds and tear gas.

After weeks of largely peaceful protests against the 1 February military takeover, security forces began the violent crackdown on Saturday.

Government leaders, including elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi, were overthrown and detained.

Sunday’s footage showed protesters running away as police charged at them, makeshift roadblocks being erected, and several people being led away covered in blood.

The police crackdown was expanded on Sunday as military leaders sought to quash a civil disobedience campaign that has shown no sign of ending.

The UN Human Rights Office condemned the violence against protesters, saying it had “credible information” that at least 18 people had been killed on Sunday. More than 30 others have been injured as police opened fire at them.

Spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani said: “The people of Myanmar have the right to assemble peacefully and demand the restoration of democracy. Use of lethal force against non-violent demonstrators is never justifiable under international human rights norms.”

Medical workers and activists said at least four people had been killed in the country’s largest city, Yangon, as police fired bullets, tear gas and stun grenades.

The protesters remained defiant. Nyan Win Shein told Reuters news agency: “If they push us, we’ll rise. If they attack us, we’ll defend. We’ll never kneel down to the military boots.”

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