Wednesday, 24 February, 2021


Myanmar coup: At least two killed as police disperse protesters

Two people dead in Myanmar anti-coup protest shooting Two people dead in Myanmar anti-coup protest shooting
Hannah Rogers | 20 February, 2021, 17:59

Myanmar's military toppled civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Feb 1, leading to protests for the restoration of democracy despite the junta's efforts to hinder communications.

Myanmar riot police opened fire on anti-coup protesters in the country's second-largest city Mandalay on Saturday, killing two of them, multiple local media outlets reported.

Earlier Saturday, in the largest city Yangon, a rally was held in memory of the female student, Mya Thwet Thwet Khine, 20, who was shot in the head while participating in a February 9 demonstration. "We, alongside our global allies, will hold the Myanmar military to account for their violations of human rights and pursue justice for the Myanmar people".

Another emergency worker on the scene confirmed the two deaths.

A memorial for Mya Thwate Thwate Khaing, a teenager who was shot in the head.

Her sister, Mya Tha Toe Nwe, said: "I want to encourage all the citizens to join the protests until we can get rid of this system". The incident reportedly occurred at the Yadanarbon shipyard, located on the Irrawaddy River, as police targeted protesters with live rounds and rubber bullets.

Flowers and sympathy messages are placed on the ground in honor of Mya Thwate Thwate Khaing during a demonstration in Yangon on 29 February.

In a news release, the head of Amnesty's crisis evidence lab Sam Dubberley said: "The serious injuries sustained by this young woman were caused by the Myanmar police firing live ammunition directly towards peaceful protesters".

Britain and Canada announced new sanctions on Thursday and Japan said it had agreed with India, the United States and Australia on the need for democracy to be restored quickly.

London will freeze assets and enforce travel bans against the three.

Myanmar's military and the SAC have been engaged in a systemic campaign of repression through coercive legislative measures and use of force, including mass arbitrary detentions, restrictions on access to information and the right to freedom of opinion and expression, association and assembly, since the coup, Canada said.

Early Saturday, NetBlocks announced "a sixth consecutive night under internet curfew".

People take part in a protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, February 20, 2021. The alleged rights breaches include violating the right to life, freedom of assembly and the right not to be subject to arbitrary detention, according to the UK's Foreign Office statement. "Go strike! Go strike!"

The Nobel laureate - who has not been seen since she was detained in dawn raids - has been hit with two charges, one of them for possessing unregistered walkie-talkies.

A small group of protesters was forcefully dispersed by police and military wielding batons in the northern city of Myitkyina on Friday, according to witnesses and video posted online.

"They arrested those who tried to take photos and videos", she told AFP.

The junta has justified its power seizure by alleging widespread electoral fraud in November's elections, which Suu Kyi's party won in a landslide.

In the days that followed, protesters marched holding aloft pictures of her, with placards calling for an end to dictatorship.

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