Witnesses said several people were injured when security forces crushed protesters in Yangon.
According to witnesses and local media reports, Myanmar security forces ran into a car during the anti-coup protests in Yangon and injured several people.
Sunday’s protests were one of at least three protests in Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city. According to reports, the first of several criminal cases against the country’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi is expected the day before the verdict. , Similar rallies took place in other parts of the country. , He was overthrown in a military takeover on February 1.
Although more than 1,300 people have been killed, anti-military protests continue coupThe scattered protests are often small groups opposed to the overthrow of Aung San Suu Kyi’s democratically elected government and the restoration of military rule.
Photos and videos circulating on social media appear to show that a car crashed into protesters and corpses lying on the road.
According to local media Myanmar now reports, at least 5 people have been killed and 15 others have been arrested. Witnesses told Reuters that dozens of others were injured.
“When they approached the protesters, they speeded up-as if they ran into them with a car,” a reporter told AFP, but declined to provide his name for security reasons.
He said that when others fled the scene, several people were hit and spread on the ground, some of them holding banners supporting Aung San Suu Kyi. “Then the soldiers jumped out of the car and started shooting,” he added.
Witnesses said that the “flash mob” protests in Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city, came under severe attack within minutes.
“I was knocked down in front of a truck. A soldier hit me with his rifle, but I defended him and pushed him back. Then when I fled in a zigzag shape, he shot me immediately. Luckily Yes, I escaped,” a protester who requested anonymity for security reasons told Reuters by phone.
The opposition shadow government said it was heartbreaking to see peaceful protesters crushed to death and shot to death.
After the attack on Sunday, the National Unity Government’s Ministry of Defense said in a statement on social media: “We will respond strongly to terrorist forces that brutally and inhumanly kill unarmed peaceful protesters.”
On Sunday, a military spokesperson did not answer calls seeking comment.
Despite the violence in the morning, another protest was held in Yangon in the afternoon.
The military has previously stated that the murdered protesters incited violence. It said it launched the coup because the election won by Aung San Suu Kyi’s party in November was rigged. The Election Commission rejected this statement.
According to United Nations estimates, since the coup d’etat, wars with ethnic minority fighters have intensified in remote border areas in the north and east, and tens of thousands of civilians have been displaced.
Aung San Suu Kyi, 76 years old, face More than a dozen cases against her, including incitement and violation of the COVID-19 agreement.