Myanmar protesters gather again after worst day of violence

Myanmar protesters gather again after worst day of violence

2021-02-21 11:37:51

NAYPYITAW: Thousands of opponents of MyanmarThe military coup of February 1 met again on Sunday cities from north to south, undaunted by the bloodiest episode of their campaign the previous day when police and soldiers opened fire in the city of Mandalay, killing two.
Police early on Sunday arrested a famous actor wanted for supporting opposition to the coup, his wife said, while Facebook removed the main army page according to standards prohibiting incitement to violence.
The military has failed to quell the demonstrations and a campaign of civil disobedience with strikes against the coup and the detention of elected leader Aung San. Suu Kyi and others, even with the promise of new elections, arrests and warnings against dissent.
In Yangon's main city, thousands of young people gathered in two locations to recite slogans, while hundreds gathered peacefully in Mandalay's second city, footage from a media outlet revealed.
In the city of Myitkyina in the north, where there have been clashes in recent days, people laid flowers in front of the dead protesters while youths drove around on motorbikes with banners.
Crowds marched in the central cities of Monywa and Bagan and in Dawei and Myeik in the south, photos posted showed.
& # 39; They aimed at the heads of unarmed civilians. They focused on our future, 'a young protester in Mandalay told the crowd.
Military spokesman Zaw Min Tun, who is also the spokesperson for the new military council, has not responded to attempts by Reuters to contact him by phone for comment.
He told a news conference on Tuesday armyThe actions were within the constitution and supported by most people, and he blamed protesters for inciting violence.
The more than two-week protests had been largely peaceful, unlike previous episodes of opposition during nearly half a century of direct military rule until 2011.
& # 39; Aggressive protesters & # 39;
Ethnic minority members, poets and transport workers marched peacefully in various places on Saturday, but tension escalated in Mandalay, where police and soldiers confronted striking shipyard workers.
Some protesters fired catapults at the police while playing cat and mouse. Police responded with tear gas and gunfire to the protesters, witnesses said.
Video clips on social media showed members of the security forces shooting and witnesses said they found the used cartridges of live rounds and rubber bullets.
Two people were shot and killed and 20 injured, said Ko Aung, a leader of a voluntary emergency service.
Police were not available for comment, but the state-run Global New Light of Myanmar said the strikers were sabotaging ships and attacking the police with sticks, knives and catapults. Eight police officers and several soldiers were injured, he said.
The newspaper did not report the deaths, but said, "Some of the aggressive protesters were also injured by the security forces' security measures."
A young female protester became the first death among anti-coup protesters on Friday. She was shot in the capital Naypyitaw on February 9. The military says a police officer died of injuries sustained during a protest.
Suu Kyi & # 39; s National League for Democracy (NLD) condemned the violence in Mandalay as a crime against humanity.
The military seized power after alleged fraud in the November 8 elections that occupied the NLD and arrested Suu Kyi and others. The election commission had rejected the fraud charges.
Facebook said it had removed the military's main page, Tatmadaw True News Information, for repeated violations of the standards "prohibiting incitement to violence and coordinating damage".
& # 39; Very worried & # 39;
Early Sunday, police arrested actor Lu Min, who was a prominent figure in the Yangon protests and one of six celebrities whom the military said on Wednesday would be wanted under an anti-incitement law for encouraging officials to to join the protest.
His wife, Khin Sabai Oo, said in a video posted on his Facebook page that police had come to their home in Yangon and taken him.
The activist group of the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners says 569 people have been detained in connection with the coup.
Western countries that previously condemned the coup have spoken out against the violence.
US State Department spokesman Ned Price said the United States was "deeply concerned" about reports that security forces had fired at protesters.
France, Singapore and Britain also condemned the violence, with British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab saying the shooting of protesters was "beyond the borders".
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Twitter that deadly violence was unacceptable.
The United States, Britain, Canada and New Zealand have enacted limited sanctions with a focus on military leaders, but the generals have long brushed off foreign pressure.
Suu Kyi is accused of violating a natural disaster law and illegally importing six two-way radios. Her next trial is on March 1.

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