Local news portal MyanmarNow reported that five people were killed and at least 15 were killed after a car security force rushed into an anti-coup d’etat protest in Yangon, Burma (also known as Myanmar) on Sunday morning. arrested.
Witnesses on the scene told Reuters that dozens of people were injured. Photos and videos on social media show protesters lying on the road and vehicles colliding with corpses.
Despite the morning violence, another protest took place in Yangon in the afternoon.
Antimilitarist protests have continued despite the killings of more than 1,300 people since the February 1 coup. Scattered protests are often a small group of opposition to the overthrow of the elected government and the resurgence of the military regime, led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.
The opposition shadow government said it was sad to see peaceful protesters crashed and shot dead.
The National Unity Government’s Ministry of Defense said in a social media statement after the attack on Sunday that it “strongly responds to terrorist forces that have brutally and inhumanely killed unarmed peaceful protesters.”
According to witnesses, the incident was attacked minutes after the “flash mob” protest in Yangon, Burma’s largest city, began.
“I was beaten and collapsed in front of the truck. A soldier hit me with a rifle, but I protected him and pushed him back. Then when I escaped in a zigzag pattern, he immediately I shot me. Fortunately, I ran away, “a protester who asked not to reveal his identity for security reasons told Reuters by phone.
According to two witnesses, a car with soldiers attacked the crowd from behind, arresting and beating scattered protesters. According to witnesses, some had head injuries and unknowingly serious injuries.
A ruling spokesman did not answer the call for comment on Sunday.
The military said the murdered protesters instigated violence. A coup d’etat occurred because the November election, in which Suu Kyi’s party won, was fraudulent. The Election Commission rejected the claim.
The United Nations estimates that since the coup, wars with ethnic minority rebels have intensified significantly in the remote frontier regions of the north and east, expelling tens of thousands of civilians.