Demonstrations against the military coup in Myanmar recorded confrontation with security forces who opened fire and killed at least 13 people this Wednesday (7) in different parts of the country, according to information from the local press.
According to the Association of Assistance to Political Prisoners, more than 850 people have been killed during protests in the country since the February 1 coup.
At least 11 of the dead were shot at a protest in the northwestern city of Kale, according to a report on the Myanmar Now website. Two others died during the crackdown on another demonstration in Bago, near Yangon, the country’s largest city.
The seizure of power by the military sparked the biggest wave of pro-democracy protests in decades in the country.
Myanmar’s Yangon factory is set on fire on April 7, 2021 – Photo: Myanmar firefighters / Reuters
According to the Reuters news agency, a series of explosions was heard in Yangon, including in government buildings, and a Chinese factory was set on fire – there are no reports of injuries in this attack, according to the fire department.
The US embassy in Yangon said it had received reports of “homemade sound bombs, or fireworks used to create noise and cause minimal damage”.
The country’s military commander said the civil disobedience movement “is destroying Myanmar”.
Also on Wednesday, Myanmar’s ambassador to London, Kyaw Zwar Minn told Reuters that he was forced to leave the country’s diplomatic headquarters after breaking with the military.
The military junta called the ambassador for consultations in March after the diplomat issued a statement calling for the release of the destitute civil leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.
Protesters gathered around the embassy in London on Wednesday, when it was announced that the ambassador would not be able to enter.
Men run during a protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, on March 28, 2021 – Photo: Reuters
The regime has repressed these demonstrations with great violence, and has also received international criticism and economic sanctions for this.
Protests are – for the most part – peaceful and protesters often carry posters with messages encouraging acts of civil disobedience.
Alleging electoral fraud, a military junta took power on February 1, after arresting Myanmar’s top government and political leadership, Aung San Suu Kyi.
- UNDERSTAND: The military coup in Myanmar
Last month, the government banned concentrations, mobilized armored vehicles, and made nightly arrests against opponents to try to undermine the protests.
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