(Reuters)-According to two witnesses at the scene, Myanmar security forces stormed into an anti-coup protest in Yangon on Sunday morning. At least six protesters were arrested and dozens were injured.
Although more than 1,300 people have been killed since the coup on February 1, anti-military protests continue. The scattered protests are usually small groups that oppose the overthrow of the democratically elected government led by Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi and the restoration of military rule.
On Sunday, a “flash mob” protest in Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city, was violently attacked within minutes of the start. Witnesses told Reuters that the police had arrested several people.
“I was hit and fell in front of a truck. A soldier hit me with his rifle, but I defended and pushed him back. Then he shot me immediately and I ran away in a zigzag pattern. Fortunately, I escaped. A protester who requested anonymity for security reasons told Reuters by phone.
Two witnesses said that a civilian car carrying soldiers attacked the mob from behind and followed scattered protesters to arrest and beat them. According to witnesses, some people were seriously injured due to head injuries and unconsciousness.
A spokesperson for the ruling military government did not answer calls seeking comment on Sunday.
The military stated that the murdered protesters incited violence. It said it launched the coup because the November election won by Aung San Suu Kyi’s party was rigged. The Election Commission rejected this statement.
According to United Nations estimates, since the coup d’etat, wars with ethnic insurgents in remote border areas in the north and east have intensified, and tens of thousands of civilians have been displaced.
The 76-year-old Aung San Suu Kyi faces more than a dozen charges against her, including incitement and violation of the COVID-19 agreement.
She has rejected all allegations so far.
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