Myanmar security forces opened fire on a crowd attending the funeral of student who was killed on the bloodiest day yet of a crackdown on protests against last month’s coup, local media reported.
Protesters returned to the streets of Myanmar on Sunday to press their demands for a return to democracy, just a day after security forces killed more than 100 people in the bloodiest day since last month’s military coup.
The crisis in Myanmar has deepened as police occupied hospitals and universities and reportedly arrested hundreds of people involved in protesting against last month’s military seizure of power.
Police in Myanmar’s ancient former capital, Bagan, opened fire on Sunday on demonstrators protesting over last month’s military takeover, wounding several people, according to witness accounts and videos on social media.
Protesters have gathered in Myanmar’s biggest city despite the ruling junta’s threat to use lethal force against people who join a general strike against the military’s takeover three weeks ago.
A call for a Monday general strike by demonstrators in Myanmar protesting against the military’s seizure of power has prompted a thinly veiled threat from the ruling junta to use lethal force, raising the possibility of major clashes.
Protesters gathered all over Myanmar again on Sunday, a day after security forces shot dead two people at a demonstration in the country’s second biggest city.
The Foreign Secretary has condemned the shooting of peaceful protesters in Myanmar as “beyond the pale” after local media reported two were killed by riot police.
The UN’s top human rights body has opened an urgent session to discuss the military coup in Myanmar, with calls for the release of people “arbitrarily detained” — including civilian government leader Aung San Suu Kyi — and more action by United Nations officials to increase scrutiny of the country.
Myanmar’s coup leader used the country’s Union Day holiday to call on people to work with the military if they want democracy.
Police have cracked down on crowds of demonstrators protesting against Myanmar’s military takeover who took to the streets again in defiance of rules making the protests illegal.
Enthusiastic crowds of tens of thousands of people marched through the streets of Myanmar’s biggest city on Sunday in protest at last week’s coup, demanding a return to civilian government and the release of ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
Thousands of people rallied against the military takeover in Myanmar’s biggest city on Sunday and demanded the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, whose elected government was toppled by the army which also imposed an internet blackout.