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World Myanmar police use lethal force on protesters in bloodiest day of demonstrations

17:31  28 february  2021
17:31  28 february  2021 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

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Myanmar security forces used lethal force on protesters and made mass arrests in what's considered to be the bloodiest day in weeks of demonstrations against a military coup.

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At least 18 people were killed on Sunday, as the police opened fire in different parts of the city of Yangon after failing to break up crowds with stun grenades, tear gas, and shots in the air, according to a report by Reuters.

Myanmar has been in a state of mass unrest since Feb. 1, when the military seized power and detained elected government leader Aung San Suu Kyi and most of her party leadership, alleging fraud gave her a victory in her landslide win in November.

Graphic photos and videos circulating on social media show confrontations between the police and protesters.

One young man identified on social media was believed to have been killed in Yangon. His body was shown in images lying on a sidewalk until other protesters were able to carry him away, according to a report by the Associated Press.

Confirmation of the deaths of protesters has been challenging due to the chaotic nature of the demonstrations and a lack of news from official sources.

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  Killing of protesters fuels anti-coup demonstrations in Myanmar Three people have now been killed by security forces defending the military's takeover, but the deaths are only adding fuel to the pro-democracy movement's fire.The massive show of people power has yielded images that have gone viral on social media around the world, as peaceful demonstrators defied a foreboding warning from the military junta that seized power early this month.

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Local media in Dawei, a city in southeastern Myanmar, reported that at least three people were killed during a protest march.

Earlier this month, President Biden announced new sanctions on Myanmar's military leaders in one of the toughest responses from the United States regarding the coup.

Tags: News, Myanmar, Burma, Biden Administration, Election Fraud, Coup, Protests, Police

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