Offbeat Protests in Myanmar: Police shoot at least five people

15:45  28 february  2021
15:45  28 february  2021 Source:   ksta.de

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During the protests against the military junta in Myanmar, the regime again killed people and injured many on Sunday. Media reports spoke of at least five dead and hundreds injured on the second day of the violent clashes. "Myanmar is like a battlefield," tweeted the Archbishop of Rangoon, Cardinal Charles Bo, on Sunday.

Ein junger Mann trauert an der Gedenkstätte eines Toten. © AP A young man mourns at the memorial of a dead person.

As a symbol of the determination of hundreds of thousands of people to defy the violence of the military junta, Bo shared on Twitter the photo of the Catholic nun Nu Thawng, who is on her knees in Myitkyina begging a heavily armed police unit not to shoot. Myitkyina is the capital of the predominantly Christian state of Kachin.

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Video: Myanmar: Several demonstrators shot dead by police officers (AFP)

At least five people were shot dead by police in the cities of Mandalay, Bago and Dawei, according to Myanmar media. In Rangoon, the police used stun grenades and tear gas against the demonstrators. Hundreds of people were arrested again on Sunday during the protests from Myitkyina in the north to Dawei in the south of Myanmar. According to the state broadcaster Myanmar Radio and Television (MRTV), the police arrested 479 "protesters against the state" last Saturday alone. That is the highest number of arrests in a single day since the military took power.

On February 1, 2021, the army overthrew the democratically elected government. Since then, Prime Minister Aung San Suu Kyi and other high-ranking politicians have been under the control of the military. The junta dissolved the separation of powers and transferred legislative, executive and judicial power to Army Chief Min Aung Hlaing. He justified the coup with alleged irregularities in the parliamentary elections on November 8, 2020, which Aung San Suu Kyi and her party, the National League for Democracy, had clearly won. (dpa)

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