World Burma: funeral in Mandalay, new pro-democracy demonstration in Yangon
Clashes in Yangon as tensions rise over Myanmar coup
Junta supporters wielding knives and slingshots clashed with residents in Myanmar's largest city on Thursday, as tensions rise after weeks of nationwide protests against the military coup that ousted Aung San Suu Kyi. Military supporters -- some carrying pipes, knives and slingshots -- turned on the booing residents, witnesses said. "They shot at us with slingshots from the car... around 10 people were injured in the head," said Aung Zin Lin, 38, who lives nearby.Junta supporters brought batons, pocket knives and catapults, he added, but local residents fought back, detaining a number of people until police appeared.
As the Burmese say goodbye to the demonstrators who fell on Sunday, the repression of the army hardens this morning in Yangon, even if the United States has raised the tone and that the UN Security Council consider a new meeting.
It was the funeral of one of the victims of clashes between pro-democracy protesters and the police in Burma. Reporters on the scene could not find out whether the woman, known as Ma Daisy, was hit by a live bullet or a rubber bullet, but she was killed in Mandalay on Sunday.
If some reports put forward an even heavier toll, according to the UN, at least 18 people have been killed in recent days while the repression carried out by the putschists is increasingly strong. The apartment of a journalist from "Democratic Voice of Burma" was violently attacked Monday evening and the journalist taken away.
Resistance to the junta is building up in Burma
© STRINGER / REUTERS Thousands of demonstrators marched through the main cities of the country (here in Mandalay) on Monday in protest against the coup. Correspondent in Asia Scent of escalation, in Burma, three weeks after the coup. Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of major cities on Monday, defying army warnings, to demand respect for the elections and the release of Aung San Suu Kyi .
A new meeting of the security council is envisaged, the United States expects further announcements, if not sanctions, against the military regime:
"We condemn the brutal killing of unarmed persons by the forces security forces, attacks on journalists and activists, and unjust detentions that continue. The United States, in close coordination with our partners and allies, has made it clear to the Burmese military that violence against the Burmese people The recent escalation and the tactics of the security forces are reprehensible, "said Ned Price, spokesperson for the US State Department.
The pro-democracy demonstrators were still in the streets this morning in Rangoon, and the violent clashes. They are also mobilized in other cities such as Tavoy in the south of the country (Dawei). All continue to demand the release of political prisoners and Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese leader ousted by the army coup a month ago.
Myanmar police kill 2 in bloodiest day of anti-coup protests
Several anti-coup protesters also seriously wounded as security forces crack down on demonstrators in Mandalay.The deaths on Sunday marked the bloodiest day in more than two weeks of large demonstrations against the February 1 military takeover, which deposed civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi. The military authorities have responded with increasing force to the protests, deploying troops against peaceful rallies and firing tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets, with isolated incidents of live rounds being used.
Held in secret since his arrest on February 1, Aung San Suu Kyi appeared on Monday by videoconference and was charged with violating a telecommunications law and "inciting public disturbance," said lawyer Nay Tu, a member of her defense team.
She was already being prosecuted for illegally importing walkie-talkies and failing to comply with restrictions related to the coronavirus, grounds deemed extravagant by international observers.
The 1991 Nobel Peace Prize winner seems "in good health", noted her main lawyer Khin Maung Zaw, who has still not been authorized to meet her, but overheard her during the videoconference hearing.
"We cannot say for sure how many more offenses can be attributed to him. Anything can happen right now."
A next hearing is scheduled for March 15.
Gunfire in Yangon night raids as UN condemns protest crackdown .
Security forces sprayed gunfire during pre-dawn patrols of Myanmar's biggest city on Thursday, as the UN condemned the growing violence against protestors angry over the six-week-old coup. The UN Security Council unanimously agreed on a statement Wednesday condemning the Myanmar military's use of violence against peaceful anti-coup protesters. It was the second time in just over a month that the council's 15 members, including China -- a traditional ally of Myanmar's generals -- made a rare show of unity over the crisis."Now it's time for de-escalation. It's time for diplomacy.