Yangon, Myanmar (AP) – Security forces in Myanmar on Saturday pitted their protest against demonstrators and striking dock workers in the country’s second largest city of Mandalay using water canons, tear gas, slingshot and rubber bullets to counter the coup.
According to an Associated Press journalist who witnessed the violence, at least five people were injured by rubber bullets and had to be taken to an ambulance.
Some 500 police and soldiers descended on the area near the Yadanbon dock in Mandalay after dock activists joined the national civil disobedience movement, until army jawans refused to work in power Did not capture
The protesters and residents were forced to flee the neighborhood amid violence, as security forces chased them.
There were reports of gunfire sounds, but it was not immediately clear whether this tear-gas canisters were fired or the bullets were fired. A group of journalists with tear gas and catapult projectiles were forced to flee.
Earlier in the week, the security forces in the mandalis attacked the railway personnel of the state in a similar manner after joining the civil disobedience movement.
Less than an hour after the curfew began at 8 pm on Wednesday, gunmen were heard along with more than two dozen police officers, with helmets and helmets at the accommodation of previous railway personnel. Several videos posted on social media show that the muzzle flashes as soon as the shot is heard and some police shot stones with slings and threw stones at the buildings. Marching chants of “left, right, left, right” can be heard with “shoot, shoot”.
In addition, anti-coup protesters in two of Myanmar’s largest cities on Saturday paid tribute to a young woman who died a day earlier after being shot by police during a rally against a military takeover.
A memorial monument built under an elevated roadway in Yangon attracts about 1,000 protesters. Two days before his 20th birthday, a garland of bright yellow flowers was hung under a photo of Maya Thwet Thwet Khine on 9 February in the capital Nayyitwa.
Her death on Friday, announced by her family, was the first confirmation among thousands of protesters who have faced off against security forces since top military commander Min Aung Helling assumed power in the coup.
Protesters at the memorial held signs and indicated “End the dictatorship in Myanmar” and “You will be remembered Maya Thwet Thwet Khine”. Supporters also placed roses and rose petals on the woman’s photographs.
From the day she was shot, the video showed her sheltering with water cannons and she fell to the ground after being shot into a motorcycle helmet after being shot. She was living in the hospital for more than a week, with doctors saying there is no chance of recovery.
US State Department spokesman Ned Price on Friday offered condolences to his government and repeated calls on the military to avoid violence against peaceful protesters.
In Mandalay on Saturday, more than 1,000 people were led, led by students from the University of Medicine, many of whom also made flowers and paintings of Maia Thwet Thwet Khine.
Others, referring to the nationwide civil disobedience movement, hinted at what they called “CDM”, which has encouraged doctors, engineers and others to oppose the coup by forbidding them to work.
Across the country, protests showed no signs of slowing down despite a recent repeated spate by the military government, including the sixth consecutive night in which the Internet was cut for several hours.
Protesters gathered elsewhere in Yangon as well, overthrowing and chanting Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, a democratically elected government.
The aerial images taken on Friday depicted the streets of Yangon in Burmese with the words “military dictatorship must fall” and “we want democracy” and “our leaders free” in English.
The security forces have so far been relatively restrained in confronting the protesters in Yangon, but appear to toughen their positions in areas where media presence is low.
Police used force on the second straight Friday to arrest protesters in Myitkina, the capital of the remote northern state of Kachin. Kachin ethnic minorities have been in conflict with the central government for a long time, and there has been an ongoing armed struggle against the military for decades.
After detaining Suu Kyi from detention in June and summoning Parliament, Junata said the elections were held in November, given the irregularities. The election result, in which Suu Kyi’s party won by a landslide, was confirmed by an Election Commission that has since been replaced by the military. Junta says it will hold fresh elections in a year.
The US, British and Canadian governments have imposed restrictions on new military leaders, and they and other countries have called for the reinstatement of Suu Kyi’s administration.
The coup was a major setback in Myanmar’s democracy after 50 years of military rule. Suu Kyi came to power after winning her National League for Democracy Party in the 2015 election, but the generals retained substantial power under the Constitution, which was adopted under a military regime.
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