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Reports: Myanmar security forces kill at least 6 protesters

BREAKING: Local reports say Myanmar security forces have killed at least six anti-coup protesters as authorities escalate crackdown.

3/3/2021 2:01:00 PM

BREAKING: Local reports say Myanmar security forces have killed at least six anti-coup protesters as authorities escalate crackdown.

YANGON , Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar security forces shot and killed at least six people Wednesday, according to accounts on social media and local news reports, as authorities extend their lethal...

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar security forces shot and killed at least six people Wednesday, according to accounts on social media and local news reports, as authorities extend their lethal crackdown on protests against last month’s coup.Multiple reports from several cities and towns, difficult to independently confirm, said police used live ammunition as well as tear gas and rubber bullets to violently disperse protesters.

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In Myingyan in central Myanmar, multiple social media posts reported the shooting death of a 14-year-old boy. A second death was reported later.At least four other deaths were reported elsewhere.Demonstrators have regularly flooded the streets of cities across the country since the military seized power on Feb. 1 and ousted the elected government of leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Their numbers have remained high even as security forces have repeatedly fired tear gas, rubber bullets and live rounds to disperse the crowds, and arrested protesters en masse.

On Sunday. the U.N. Human Rights Office said it believed at least 18 people were killed that day.The escalation of violence has led to increased diplomatic efforts to resolve Myanmar’s political crisis.The U.N. Security Council is expected to hold a closed meeting on the situation on Friday, council diplomats said, speaking on condition of anonymity ahead of an official announcement. The United Kingdom requested the meeting, they said. headtopics.com

But any kind of coordinated action at the United Nations would be difficult since two permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, China and Russia, would almost certainly veto it. Some countries have imposed or are considering imposing their own sanctions.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, of which Myanmar is a neighbor, held a teleconference meeting of foreign ministers on Tuesday to seek a consensus on helpful measures.The regional group of 10 nations has a tradition of non-interference in each other’s internal affairs. A statement — issued by the group’s chair, rather than as a joint declaration — called for an end to violence and for talks to try to reach a peaceful settlement.

Snubbing ASEAN’s appeal, Myanmar’s security forces on Wednesday continued to attack peaceful protesters.Details of the crackdowns and casualties are difficult to independently confirm, especially those occurring outside the bigger cities. But the accounts of most incidents have been consistent in social media and from local news outlets, and usually have videos and photos supporting them. It is also likely that many incidents from remote areas go unreported or generally unnoticed.

In the central city of Monywa, which has turned out huge crowds to protest the military takeover, three people were shot on Wednesday, including one in the head, reported the Democratic Voice of Burma, an independent television and online news service. There were also fatalities in the city on Sunday. headtopics.com

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In Myingyan in the same central region, multiple social media posts reported the death of the 14-year-old boy. Photos showed what was said to be his body, with his head and chest soaked with blood, being carried from where he fell by fellow protesters.

ADVERTISEMENTIn Magwe, also in central Myanmar, a student was reported seriously injured with a gunshot wound.In the town of Hpakant in the northern state of Kachin, four people were reported to have been shot with live ammunition. Myanmar’s ethnic Kachin minority has historically had tense relations with the central government and fields a guerrilla force of its own.

One person was reported shot in Pyinoolwin, a town in central Myanmar better known to many by its British colonial name, Maymyo. The town is popular with tourists because of its cool climate and was once a colonial hill station set up for British administrators during the hot season. The shooting was said to have broken out when security forces blocked a road to protesters.

The usual daily protests in Yangon and Mandalay, the country’s biggest cities, were again attacked by police.In Mandalay, riot police backed by soldiers broke up an anti-coup rally, chasing around 1,000 teachers and students from a street with tear gas and what seemed to be warning shots. headtopics.com

Video from The Associated Press showed a squad of police firing slingshots in the apparent direction of demonstrators, after the dispersal. One of the men also levels his firearm in the same area.The Feb. 1 coup reversed years of slow progress toward democracy in Myanmar after five decades of military rule. It came the day a newly elected Parliament was supposed to take office. Ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party would have been installed for a second five-year term, but instead she was detained along with President Win Myint and other senior officials.

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I'm a little worried that the protests seem to be becoming a battle between Ms. Suu Kyi's supporters and the junta. Because they seem to think that Ms. Suu Kyi is in power as democratization. Of course, it doesn't mean that the election results can be overturned by force. whereisbiden Myanmarcoup Today, Burmese military terrorists brutally killed at least 13 innocent civilians

no_itsmyturn Another type of genocide..Myanmarcoup Please stop using the term General or all the rank labels. Tatmadaw is NO longer a national armed forces. It has morphed into Terrorist group. There is no longer a functioning state. Our Union Parliament CrphMyanmar has already declared them as Terrorist Group.

As per local media KhitThitMedia, the death toll is 13 😥 Looks like the precursor for China to take over the nation. tw//blood,dead A 14yrs old boy was cruelly killed by terrorists with sniper in Myin Chan. He died on the spot with head shot. WhatsHappeningInMyanmar Mar3Coup SaveMyammar “Death squads,” not “security forces.” What’s wrong with you? This is “massacre” not a “crackdown!” journalists try educating yourselves about the meaning of words and the importance of language. Hacks!