Canada Burma: the police shoot at anti-junta demonstrators, two dead and thirty wounded

19:10  20 february  2021
19:10  20 february  2021 Source:   nouvelobs.com

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  Birmanie : la police tire sur des manifestants anti-junte, deux morts et une trentaine de blessés © Copyright 2021, L'Obs

Two demonstrators were killed and thirty wounded on Saturday, February 20 in Mandalay, in the center of the Burma, by fire from the police during an anti-junta rally, the most severe violence since the coup of February 1 .

Several hundred police officers were deployed in the afternoon to a shipyard in the country's second city, raising fears of arrests of workers mobilized against the coup. Protesters banged on pots and pans in an attempt to prevent the arrests, some throwing projectiles at the police who then fired.

"Two people died, including a minor who was shot in the head," rescuers told AFP, saying around 30 were injured. “Half of the victims were targeted by live ammunition,” the others were injured by rubber ammunition and slingshot fire, they said.

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Live ammunition has also been confirmed by doctors working in the field, on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals. More than a dozen people were arrested, according to local media.

This escalation in violence comes in the wake of the death of a 20-year-old grocer, Mya Thwate Thwate Khaing, shot and wounded on February 9.

Generals deaf to international protests

The junta in power since the coup d'état continues to increase the pressure on the pro-democracy movement . Despite this, several thousand protesters, including representatives of many ethnic minorities in traditional dress, again took to the streets of Rangoon, the economic capital, on Saturday.

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They demand the return of civilian government, the release of detainees and the abolition of the constitution which is very favorable to the military.

Almost three weeks after the putsch that overthrew the civilian government of Aung San Suu Kyi and put an end to a fragile 10-year democratic transition, the concert of international protests and the announcement of new sanctions do not sway the generals .

Internet connections were almost cut for the sixth consecutive night , before being restored in the morning.

New sanctions?

The crisis remains at the heart of the international agenda. European Union foreign ministers will meet on Monday to discuss possible measures against the military.

On Saturday, the EU’s foreign minister, Josep Borrell, condemned law enforcement violence in Burma and said the EU would "take the appropriate decisions".

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