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.
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.
The police could not be reached for comments.
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).
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.
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.
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.
The y also want to overturn the 2008 constitution, in which the military is assigned a formative role in politics.
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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