Myanmar Protests: Police Shoot Protesters! Dead and many injured – politics abroad

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In Myanmar, the police opened fire on the demonstrators.

On Saturday, there were two dead and at least 30 injured in the worst clashes so far in protests after the military coup in early February.

In the former capital of Mandalay in central Myanmar, police shot at striking shipyard workers and other demonstrators after some slingshot fired workers.



An injured protester in the ambulanceFoto: STRINGER/REUTERS

According to local rescue workers, there is also a boy who was shot in the head. At least five people were also hit by rubber bullets, said a photographer who was on site.
At first it was not clear whether the police had used live ammunition or only rubber bullets. © www.de24.news

 The  police could not be reached for comments.


Protesters show the cartridges of the ammunition with which the police are said to have fired

Protesters show the cartridges of the ammunition with which the police are said to have firedFoto: STRINGER/REUTERS

In other cities in Myanmar, there was no weakening of the protests on Saturday just three weeks after the coup. In Yangon and the capital Naypyitaw, young people met for funeral ceremonies for Mya Thwate Thwate Khaing (✝︎20).


A memorial for the late Mya Thwate Thwate Khaing

A memorial for the late Mya Thwate Thwate KhaingPhoto: YE AUNG THU / AFP

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 The  young woman died Friday as a result of her injury. A week ago she was injured by a shot in the head at a rally.

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 The  military in Myanmar overthrew the government on February 1 and arrested the de facto Prime Minister Aung San Suu Kyi. On that day, the newly elected parliament in November should have met for its first session.

Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NDL) party won the election by a large margin, but the military speaks of fraud.

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 The  army ruled Myanmar continuously until 2011. And Aung San Suu Kyi, who was opposition at the time, was not released until 2010, after 15 years of house arrest.


A central demand of the demonstrators is the release of Aung San Suu Kyi

A central demand of the demonstrators is the release of Aung San Suu KyiPhoto: SAI AUNG MAIN / AFP

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 The  protesters are now calling for Suu Kyi to be reinstated as head of government and for the election results to be recognized. © www.de24.news

 The y also want to overturn the 2008 constitution, in which the military is assigned a formative role in politics.

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 The  EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the European Commission Josep Borrell condemned on Twitter “the violence against peaceful demonstrators by the military”. And he called on both the military and the other security forces to “stop violence against civilians immediately”.





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