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US News Burma: Violence breaks out in Yangon between pro-junta activists and residents

13:15  25 february  2021
13:15  25 february  2021 Source:   lepoint.fr

Burma: the civil disobedience movement calls for not giving up

 Burma: the civil disobedience movement calls for not giving up © AFP - SAI AUNG MAIN Demonstration against the military coup in front of the Central Bank of Burma in Yangon, February 16, 2021. In Burma, calls for civil disobedience against the junta continued on Tuesday, February 16, despite the toughening of repression by the army. It turns a deaf ear to the multiple international condemnations. The junta has once again indicted Aung San Suu Kyi on spurious charges.

  Birmanie: des violences éclatent à Rangoun entre militants pro-junte et habitants © Provided by Le Point

D Pro-junta activists armed with pipes and slingshots clashed with residents of Yangon on Thursday in a sudden rise in the tension after weeks of massive protests against the military coup.

Hundreds of pro-military supporters carrying placards "We support our defense forces" marched through the center of Burma's largest city .

The authorities gave them access to the iconic Sule Pagoda, a key crossroads which in recent days has been barricaded to prevent anti-coup demonstrators from gathering there.

Local residents have started hitting pots and pans, an act that has become a symbol of anti-junta resistance, to protest against the pro-military demonstration.

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At noon, clashes broke out near Yangon Central Station.

Pro-military partisans - some of them armed with pipes, knives and slingshots - turned on the locals who hooted them.

"They aimed at us with slingshots from a car, about ten people were injured in the head," Aung Zin Lin, 38, who lives nearby told AFP .

Outnumbering pro-military supporters, residents retaliated and arrested some who were equipped with batons, pocket knives and slingshots, he said.

When the police arrived, women and children held each other's arms to provide a human shield, fearing that the police would try to arrest residents.

"I think they (army supporters) have the right to protest but they shouldn't have used weapons," Zaw Oo, who was injured in the ribs in the clashes, told AFP .

CCTV footage circulating on social media showed a man armed with a knife chasing residents in the city center.

Further into the city, on the leafy Yangon University campus, students marched peacefully, carrying the red flags of the National League for Democracy, the Aung San Suu Kyi party.

25/02/2021 10:19:17 - Rangoun (AFP) - © 2021 AFP

"Everything will be fine": a 19-year-old girl killed by the junta becomes a symbol in Burma .
© Supplied by Le Point E She was wearing an "everything will be fine" t-shirt when she was hit by a fatal shot in the head: Kyal Sin, 19, within hours became a symbol in Burma of the deadly violence of the junta. "Everything will be fine" displayed the young demonstrator, follower of dance and martial arts. But, in a country accustomed to bloody repressions from the army as in 1988 and 2007, Kyal Sin, nicknamed "Angel" was not unaware of the risks.

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