Six Shot Dead On Myanmar Crackdown's Bloodiest Day
Sumaira FH 2 months ago Sun 28th February 2021 | 08:10 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.
Sunday brought a significant escalation in force, with fatal shootings of protesters in at least three cities around the country, as police and soldiers attempted to bring the civil disobedience campaign to heel.
"More wounded people keep coming in," he told AFP.
Two teenagers were gunned down in Bago, a two-hour drive north of commercial capital Yangon.
"She's three months pregnant." Elsewhere protesters took up positions behind barricades and wielded homemade shields to defend themselves against the onslaught, with police using tear gas to clear some rallies.
Hundreds of people had been arrested by evening and transported to the city's notorious Insein Prison, where many of Myanmar's leading democracy campaigners have served long jail terms under previous dictatorships.
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.
A spokesman for the ruling junta did not respond to phone calls seeking comment on Sunday's violence.