US Burmese police disperse protests, several dead
Burma: funeral of a young demonstrator the day after a murderous day
© REUTERS - Stringer. Protesters pay tribute to Mya Thwate Thwate Khaing, the first protester to be killed by the police, during her burial in Naypyidaw, February 21, 2021. Burma paid tribute on Sunday to the first victim of military repression, a young grocer who became an icon of the anti-junta resistance, while the crowds were still numerous to demonstrate against the coup, despite the deadly violence of the day before. Mya Thwate Thwate Khaing has become an icon.
BURMA-POLITICS: Burmese police disperse protests, several dead
(Reuters) - Security forces Burmese women killed at least nine people on Wednesday during the dispersal of demonstrations organized across the country to protest against the seizure of power by a military junta on February 1, report local media and several witnesses.
Two people were killed in Mandalay, Burma's second city, witnesses and local press said. A third victim was reported in Yangon, the former capital, and a fourth in Myingyan, in the center of the country.
Burma: Police open fire on demonstrators killing several people
© AFP - Sai Aung Main Demonstration against the military coup in Yangon, Burma, February 27, 2021. Burmese police fired bullets real on demonstrators during a new day of mobilization on Sunday against the military coup. Three protesters died and several people were injured in the coastal town of Dawei, according to local sources. Almost a month after the coup d'état in Burma, the police repression intensifies against opponents of the junta.
"They opened fire with live ammunition. One person died, this is a young man, a teenager, shot in the head," said Moe Myint Hein, a 25-year-old student from Myingyan. .
According to a local newspaper, five other people were killed in Monywa, a town in the center of the country.
Burma: Aung San Suu Kyi in court the day after the deadliest repression
© Provided by Le Point L Burmese justice is looking into the case of former leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday, accused by the junta of having broken obscure trade and sanitary rules, while the country wakes up in shock in the aftermath of the most deadly repression since the coup. The United Nations has "credible information" according to which at least 18 people were killed Sunday by the security forces which opened fire to disperse pro-democracy rallies in several cities of the country.
People's testimonies and press articles also report gatherings in Chin in the West, Kachin in the North, Shan in the Northeast, in the central region of Sagaing and in the southern city of Dawei.
Contacted by Reuters, the junta spokesman did not answer the phone.
About thirty people have now been killed since the coup d'état which interrupted the democratic process in the former British colony and provoked the condemnation of international bodies.
The foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) once again called on the military on Tuesday to show restraint and release leader Aung San Suu Kyi without however managing to ask for 'a single voice for the junta to restore democracy.
Leader of the National League for Democracy (LND), Aung San Suu Kyi, 75, is notably accused of having illegally imported six walkie-talkies and of having violated the rules put in place to fight against the coronavirus epidemic.
Also targeted by the junta, ousted President Win Myint is now targeted by new accusations, the regime in place accusing him in particular of having violated the country's constitution. Like the leader of the LND, from which he also came, he was already accused of violating protocols intended to slow the spread of the coronavirus epidemic.
(Reuters offices; French version Nicolas Delame)
Journalist acquitted in Iowa case seen as attack on press .
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa jury on Wednesday acquitted a journalist who was pepper-sprayed and arrested by police while covering a protest, in a case that critics have derided as an attack on press freedoms and an abuse of prosecutorial discretion. After deliberating for less than two hours, the jury found Des Moines Register reporter Andrea Sahouri and her ex-boyfriend Spenser Robnett not guilty on misdemeanor charges of failure to disperse and interference with official acts.