World Myanmar police use lethal force on protesters in bloodiest day of demonstrations
Myanmar protesters live in fear of nighttime arrests during an internet blackout
Many citizens in Myanmar have told CNN they are terrified of being dragged from their beds in nighttime or early morning raids, which have become frequent occurrences since the military coup.By day, thousands of people across the country join vibrant demonstrations calling for the military, which seized power in a coup on February 1, to hand back power to civilian control and release ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi. They defiantly bang pots and pans, beat drums, wave creative signs and march en masse through the streets. Government and factory workers have gone on strike to join a growing civil disobedience movement against the takeover.
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.
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 aby Reuters.
WARNING – GRAPHIC CONTENT: Myanmar police fired at protesters on the bloodiest day of demonstrations against the military coup. At least seven people were killed and several wounded, sources and media said
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Myanmar’s anti-coup protesters plan to hold their largest mass rally yet on Monday after two demonstrators were shot dead over the weekend, with concerns growing about an economic crisis in the Southeast Asian nation. © Getty Images via Bloomberg Protesters march through the streets of Yangon on Feb. 19. Many shops and businesses were expected to close in solidarity with protesters, with the nation’s largest retailer, City Mart, announcing it will shut all of its outlets.— Reuters (@Reuters)
Myanmar has been in a state of mass unrest since Feb. 1, when the military seized power andelected government leader 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 aby 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.
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.
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 newon Myanmar's military leaders in one of the toughest responses from the United States regarding the coup.
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Analysis: From land of promise to pariah state - Myanmar coup rattles foreign firms .
Analysis: From land of promise to pariah state - Myanmar coup rattles foreign firmsSINGAPORE (Reuters) - Shortly after the military seized power, 55 foreign investors in Myanmar from Coca Cola to Facebook signed a statement committing to the country and employees there during developments of "deep concern".