Yangon: At least seven people were killed when Myanmar security forces opened fire on pro-democracy protesters on Wednesday, as the junta targeted half a dozen detained journalists, including an associate press photographer, on criminal charges.
The country has been in turmoil since February 1, when the military launched an uprising and detained city leader Aung San Suu Kyi, ending Myanmar’s decades-long experience with democracy and leading to daily protests.
International pressure mounts – Western powers repeatedly impose sanctions on generals Britain and Britain convened a UN Security Council meeting on Friday.
But the junta has ignored international condemnation in response to the uprising with increasing force, and security services used deadly force on protesters again on Wednesday. Four people were shot dead during a protest in a central Myanmar city, medical experts told AFP by phone.
Doctors told AFP that two more protesters had died two hours apart in Mandalay, the country’s second-largest city. According to one doctor, one of Mandalay’s victims was shot in the head and the other in the chest, prompting anonymity.
A protest in the central city of Mengyan was also killed when security forces confronted protesters in tight hats, who, with a three-finger salute, crawled behind red domestic shields, a symbol of resistance to the anti-insurgency movement. ۔
“They fired tear gas, rubber bullets and live rounds,” he said, adding that at least 10 people were injured. Thet Date Sui, from the Mangian Rescue Clinic, confirmed that a young man had been shot in the head and died.
“A 20-year-old woman was shot dead on the spot and my team treated 17 wounded,” another rescue team member told AFP. Two members of the rescue team in northwestern Moniwa said they saw security forces take the two men away.