Burmese security forces kill 13 protesters.A small blast struck Yangon

At least 13 people were killed and several were injured when Burmese (also known as Myanmar) troops fired at anti-coup protesters on Wednesday, according to media. A series of small blasts struck the commercial capital of Yangon, firing at a Chinese-owned factory. ..

The country’s military rulers said the civil disobedience movement was “destroying” Burma.

More than 580 people have been killed in the Burmese turmoil since the brief end of civilian-led democracy in the February 1 coup, according to a group of activists. Since then, national protests and strikes have continued, despite the military’s use of deadly forces to subdue the opposition.

According to domestic media, security forces fired at protesters in a town northwest of Kale for demanding the restoration of Aung San Suu Kyi’s civilian government.

Residents of the area and Myanmar Now’s press said 11 people were killed and several were injured.

Reuters was unable to confirm the charges on its own.

Two protesters were killed in the town of Bago near Yangon, according to Myanmar Now.

In Yangon, residents said they heard at least seven small explosions in government buildings, military hospitals, shopping centers, and more. There were no casualties or claims of liability.

The US Embassy in Yangon said it had received reports of “handmade” sound bombs “or fireworks aimed at generating noise and minimizing damage.”

According to the fire department, a fire broke out at a Chinese-owned JOC garment factory in Yangon. There were no casualties reported and no details of the extent of the damage.

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Overview of the fire at JOC Galaxy (Myanmar) Apparel Co. in Hlaing Thar Yar Township, Yangon, Burma, April 7, 2021. (Distribution via Fire Department / Reuters)

In another Yangon district, activists set the Chinese flag on fire, according to a photo posted on Facebook.

China is considered to be in favor of the military regime, and last month an arson attack was launched against 32 Chinese investment factories in Yangon.

Due to military junta regulations on broadband internet and mobile data services, it was difficult to obtain details of the blast and fire.

A military junta spokesman was not asked to comment.

“Destroy the country”

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, head of military junta, said in a statement Wednesday that the Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM) had shut down hospitals, schools, roads, offices and factories.

“Protests are taking place in neighboring countries and the international community, but they don’t destroy businesses,” he said. “CDM is a country-destroying activity.”

Since the coup, 581 people, including dozens of children, have been shot dead by the military and police, security forces have arrested nearly 3,500, and 2,750 are still arrested, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) advocacy group. I am. Detained.

Among those detained are Suu Kyi and key figures from the National League for Democracy, who won the November elections invalidated by the coup.

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Demonstrators are displaying images of Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who was detained during a protest against a military coup d’etat in Yangon, Burma on February 16, 2021. (AP photo)

The ability of the predominantly youth-led anti-coup movement to organize campaigns and share information via social media and instant messaging has been hampered by Internet curbs.

“Myanmar has been steadily collapsing into the depths of information since February,” Alp Toker, founder of the Internet Interference Observatory NetBlocks, told Reuters.

“Currently, communication is severely restricted and only available to a very small number of people.”

With the print media also shut down, protesters sought other ways to convey the message and created their own A4 size daily news pamphlet that was digitally shared and printed for public distribution.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said after a meeting in Jakarta, British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab discussed how Britain and the international community could support Southeast Asian efforts to resolve the Burmese crisis. ..

Indonesia is one of several countries in Southeast Asia leading the promotion of high-level talks on Burma.

Thailand, a neighbor of Burma and having close military ties with military junta, disagreed with the violence on Wednesday, but said the issue had to be dealt with carefully.

“We can’t do what we really want because we share borders and need to live and depend on each other in many areas,” Army Chief of Staff said in a 2014 coup. Said Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-Ocha. Before taking on his current private role in 2019.

Fitch Solutions said in a Wednesday report that targeting Western sanctions alone is unlikely to succeed in restoring democracy. It predicted a violent revolution in the medium term that would force the army to fight against armed opposition members of anti-coup movements and ethnic militias.

Fitch said Burma is heading for a failed state.

“The intensification of violence against civilians and ethnic militias has been caused by the Myanmar military [military] More and more people are losing control of the country, “he added, adding that the majority of people supported Suu Kyi’s exiled government.

By Reuters staff

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