Myanmar, Myanmar Attacks, Myanmar Coup

Myanmar, Myanmar Attacks

Myanmar protesters rally after overnight raids on opposition figures

2021-03-07 11:59:00 AM

Myanmar protesters rally after overnight raids on opposition figures

Myanmar has been in chaos since the 1 February coup which ousted civilian leader Suu Kyi from power and triggered a mass uprising opposing the military junta regime.Wednesday was the deadliest day so far, with the United Nations saying at least 38 people were gunned down as security forces fired into crowds, shooting some protesters in the head.

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The UN rights office also said it has verified at least 54 deaths since the coup -- though the actual number could be far higher -- and more than 1,700 people have been detained.The only reports of serious injuries Sunday were a 19-year-old man shot in the jaw and a woman hit by rubber bullets in Bagan, the UNESCO World Heritage Site famed for its ancient Buddhist temples.

"One woman was shot with a rubber bullet in her left leg," a rescue team member told AFP, requesting anonymity.Security forces opened fire near the ancient city at around 9am local time (02.30 GMT)."There was one (19-year-old) man who was shot through the jaw and neck in Bagan," Ko Ko, a member of the Bagan rescue team, told AFP.

A state-run newspaper Sunday warned people not to join the rallies."The public should be careful not to get involved in the protests to prevent the future of their children being ruined," the Global New Light of Myanmar said.- 'Willing to die' -

Yangon-based activist Maung Saungkha said there were coordinated protests across multiple cities and areas on Sunday as part of a two-day general strike."We are willing to die for our country," he told AFP."This current situation is worse (than the past regime). So do we stay under this condition or do we fight? This time we must fight to win. We believe that fighting together with the young generation will get us the victory."

On Saturday, state-run media announced that if civil servants continued to boycott work, "they will be fired" with immediate effect from Monday.But demonstrators insist they will continue to defy authorities -- with protest activity Sunday in at least seven townships across Yangon and in five other cities and regional towns, according to Facebook live feeds.

In Yangon's North Okkalapa township, protesting took on a musical flavour with guitarists, drummers and vocalists wearing Suu Kyi t-shirts singing revolutionary songs at an impromptu concert."It's important, brothers and sisters, let us unite," the crowd sang.

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There was a big turn out in Mandalay -- Myanmar's second biggest city -- as demonstrators chanted: "don't serve the military, get out, get out," while sitting under umbrellas with signs saying "free our elected leaders".That city lost another life Saturday, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, which reported 21-year-old Ko Naing Min Ko died after being shot in the leg and beaten by security forces the previous day.

The monitoring group also said people connected to the military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party were responsible for two deaths on Saturday morning in the Magway region - a 17-year-old and an NLD party official.In Bangkok, thousands of Myanmar migrant workers rallied outside the United Nations Office on Sunday. Many waved their country's flag and held photos of Suu Kyi in the air.

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