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US News Bloody day in Burma: the junta becomes violently radicalized

17:20  28 february  2021
17:20  28 february  2021 Source:   latribune.fr

Burma. New protests on Saturday, protest against coup not weakening

 Burma. New protests on Saturday, protest against coup not weakening © Photo: Lynn Bo Bo / EPA-EFE During a protest against the coup and the arrest of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi , Saturday February 20 in Rangoon. In Burma, the protest against the military coup of February 1 does not weaken. New demonstrations took place this Saturday, February 20. New protests in Burma this Saturday, after the military coup of February 1 and the arrest of the elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi .

© Provided by La Tribune "Myanmar (Burma) is a battlefield", commented Charles Maung Bo, Catholic cardinal of this predominantly Buddhist country, on Twitter .

Burmese police opened fire on protesters in Rangoon and several other cities across the country on Sunday, killing at least 18 people on the bloodiest day since the start of the protest movement against the coup, according to the UN. "Throughout the day, in several locations, the police and army responded to peaceful protests using lethal and less lethal force which - according to credible reports received by the United Nations Human Rights Office United - has left at least 18 dead and 30 injured, "said the UN office.

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

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

"Myanmar (Burma) is a battlefield," Charles Maung Bo, Catholic cardinal of the predominantly Buddhist country, commented on Twitter.

Burma has been in chaos since a military junta detained elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi and several members of her party, the National League for Democracy (LND), on February 1. Aung San Suu Kyi, 75, is accused of illegally importing six walkie-talkies and violating the rules put in place to fight the coronavirus epidemic.

Deaths and injuries

In several neighborhoods of the former capital Rangoon, police, reinforced by elements of the army, fired live ammunition after failing to disperse the crowd with stun grenades, tear gas and gunfire summons. Several wounded were evacuated on men's backs, leaving bloody trails on the pavement. A man has died in hospital after being shot in the chest, according to a medical source who declined to be identified. A UN official, also speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters that the UN office was able to confirm the deaths of at least five people in Rangoon on Sunday.

Burma: UN and EU raise their voices, so do the junta

 Burma: UN and EU raise their voices, so do the junta © Aung-Shine The Burmese again took to the streets on Monday, as here near Mandalay station. Diplomatic pressure is mounting on the Burmese junta as tens of thousands of demonstrators again took to the streets on Monday. UN Secretary General António Guterres calls on the Burmese Army, which toppled the civilian government of Aung San Suu Kyi , to "immediately stop the crackdown." Free the prisoners. End the violence.

Police also opened fire on supporters in Dawei, a town in the south of the country, killing three protesters and injuring several others, Kyaw Min Htike, a local politician told Reuters. According to local media outlet Myanmar Now, two people also lost their lives in Mandalay, the country's second largest city. A resident contacted by Reuters reported further shooting in the evening and said a woman was killed. "A medical team examined her and confirmed her death. She was shot in the head," she said.

Police and a spokesperson for the Burmese army did not comment. The head of the junta, General Min Aung Hlaing, assured last week that the police were showing the greatest restraint. The crackdown on protests had left at least three people dead until Sunday. According to the army, a police officer was also killed in clashes on the sidelines of the protests.

H&M suspends orders from Burma .
BURMA-POLITICS-HM-SUPPLIERS: H&M suspends orders from Burma © Reuters / TT NEWS AGENCY H&M SUSPENDING ORDERS FROM BURMA STOCKHOLM (Reuters) Swedish clothing giant H&M decided on Monday to suspend orders from Burma, saying it was shocked by the use of force against demonstrators protesting the February 1 military coup.

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