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World Seven killed and dozens wounded in Myanmar clashes

16:12  03 march  2021
16:12  03 march  2021 Source:   bbc.com

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At least seven people have been killed in Myanmar after fresh clashes between the security forces and demonstrators.

a lot of smoke around it: Police used tear gas, rubber bullets and live ammunition © Reuters Police used tear gas, rubber bullets and live ammunition

There are reports of further deaths in cities around the country but these have not been confirmed.

The security forces used live rounds on large crowds in Mandalay and Monywa, and at least two of the victims are believed be teenage children.

Mass protests have been taking place across Myanmar since the military seized control on 1 February.

The coup saw elected government leaders, including Aung San Suu Kyi, overthrown and detained. Protesters are calling for their release and an end to military rule.

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The military says it seized power because of alleged fraud in November's general elections, which saw Ms Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) party win a landslide victory.

But the military has provided no proof of these allegations - instead, it replaced the Election Commission and promised fresh polls in a year.

At least 28 people have been killed so far in more than a month of unrest.

What's the latest?

Despite growing international condemnation, the military has escalated its response to the street protests and Wednesday saw violent clashes in a number of areas.

The security forces opened fire in several towns and cities with little warning, witnesses told the Reuters news agency.

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At least four people were shot dead during a protest in Monywa in central Myanmar. Dozens more were reported to be wounded.

Further deaths were reported in Yangon, Mandalay and Myingyan.

a group of people walking down the street: Protesters have built barricades in several cities around the country © Reuters Protesters have built barricades in several cities around the country

"They fired tear gas, rubber bullets, and live rounds," a volunteer medic told the AFP news agency in Myingyan, adding that at least 10 people had been injured.

"They didn't spray us with water cannon, [there was] no warning to disperse, they just fired their guns," one protester in the city told Reuters.

The military has not commented on the reported deaths.

The latest round of violence follows a meeting between foreign ministers of neighbouring South East Asian nations. The group urged restraint, but only some of the ministers pressed the military junta to release Ms Suu Kyi.

Ms Suu Kyi, 75, was seen for the first time since her detention earlier this week when she appeared in court via video link. It followed the deadliest day of violence yet on Sunday when 18 people were killed.

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What's the background to all this?

Myanmar's military seized power after overthrowing the government and declared a state of emergency.

Just days later, the civil disobedience movement began to emerge - professionals who are refusing to return to work in protest.

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The movement quickly started to gain momentum and it was not long before hundreds of thousands of people began taking part in street protests.

But there has been an escalation of violence between police officers and civilians in recent days.

Myanmar in profile

  • Myanmar, also known as Burma, became independent from Britain in 1948. For much of its modern history it has been under military rule
  • Restrictions began loosening from 2010 onwards, leading to free elections in 2015 and the installation of a government led by veteran opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi the following year
  • In 2017, Myanmar's army responded to attacks on police by Rohingya militants with a deadly crackdown, driving more than half a million Rohingya Muslims across the border into Bangladesh in what the UN later called a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing"
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