Six Dead As Myanmar Junta Intensifies Crackdown On Anti-coup Protests
Umer Jamshaid 2 months ago Sun 28th February 2021 | 04:00 PM
Yangon, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 28th Feb, 2021 ) :Myanmar security forces shot dead at least six protesters Sunday in the bloodiest action so far to smother opposition to the military coup four weeks ago.
The junta is battling to contain a massive street movement demanding it yield power and release ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who was detained along with top political allies at the start of the month.
Police and soldiers had already fired rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannon on demonstrations in recent weeks in an effort to bring the civil disobedience campaign to heel, with live rounds used in some isolated cases.
"More wounded people keep coming in," he told AFP.
Two teenagers were also gunned down in Bago, a two-hour drive north of commercial capital Yangon.
The deaths were confirmed by media based in the town.
"His wife is heartbroken," Win Ko, a social worker who visited the man's widow, told AFP. "She's three months pregnant." Local lawmaker Nyi Nyi who was ousted from his parliamentary seat by the coup, confirmed the details of the death in a Facebook post.
At least one journalist documenting Sunday's assaults by security forces was beaten and detained further north in Myitkyina, a city at the headwaters of the Irrawaddy river, according to local outlet The 74 Media.