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More deaths reported during mass protests in Myanmar

More deaths reported during mass protests in Myanmar

dpa
Yangon
Security forces in Myanmar fired live ammunition at anti-coup protesters again on Monday.
In Myitkyina in the northern state of Kachin, at least two men were killed and at least three others were seriously injured, a witness told dpa. Photos on social media showed the lifeless body of one victim.
“Our protest started this morning around 9 am [0230 GMT] but the military broke up the demonstrations when we were 20 people collectively together ... we scattered and moved to other places, when the protest was about 400 people together, they fired shots,” activist Kyaw Zin Oo said.
“Two men were killed by gunshots and another three were badly injured. The people were killed ... in front of the Roman Catholic church in Myitkyina city,” Kyaw Zin Oo said.
In Pyapon, south of Yangon, a 30-year-old man died from a gunshot to the stomach, according to local media.
Six other protesters were injured. Five independent media outlets that had strongly reported against the coup in recent days had their licences stripped.
Mizzima, DVB, Khit Thit media, Myanmar Now and 7 Day no longer have permission to produce news using any medium or technology. read an announcement by the military-backed state broadcaster.
Myanmar Now said that security forces had entered its Yangon offices and confiscated computers and documents in a raid.
As all staff had been taken to safety, no one was arrested, it added.
Many journalists are currently in hiding for fear of imprisonment amid a military crackdown on all critics.
“The first threat for freedom of press is to detain the journalists.
... It leads to the dark age again,” said Myint Kyaw, head of training at the Myanmar Journalism Institute.
On Sunday evening, police fired on a group of people in the city of Htilin as they demanded the release of an arrested protester. One man was killed and several others were wounded, according to Myanmar Now.
Across the country, tens of thousands of people took to the streets again at the start of the week to protest the military coup that took place at the start of February.
For five weeks, demonstrators have been demanding the release and reinstatement of the detained head of government, Aung San Suu Kyi.
Last week, the violence reached its bloodiest peak so far: According to UN figures, 38 people died on Wednesday alone. International appeals and sanctions imposed on the generals by the US and Britain, for example, have so far had no effect.
On Sunday evening, the army carried out numerous raids in the largest city, Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon. Loud gunshots were reported from several areas of the former capital.
Security forces deployed in front of hospitals and universities, among other places, and patrolled residential areas. There was initially no information on the number of dead or injured. Numerous people were reportedly arrested.
On February 1, the military staged a coup against Suu Kyi. The 75-year-old had clearly won the parliamentary election in November.
Since the coup, mass protests have continued. The military is increasingly trying to break the resistance.

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