Myanmar coup death toll: 550 civilians dead, including 46 children, amid violent unrest – Fresno, California

Fresno, California 2021-04-04 14:01:42 –

Yangon, Myanmar-Security forces in central Myanmar fired on anti-coup protesters on Saturday, killing at least two people, according to local media. Human rights groups said at least 550 civilians had been killed in the heightened violence since the military takeover on February 1.

According to the Myanmar Political Prisoner Support Association, 46 of them were children. According to the group, about 2,751 people were sentenced to detention or sentence.

The threat of deadly violence and the arrest of protesters failed to curb daily demonstrations across Myanmar demanding the resignation of the military and the resurrection of democratically elected governments. The coup has reversed many years of slow progress towards democracy in Southeast Asian countries.

The Myanmar Now News Agency reported that government troops fired at demonstrators in the city of Monywa, killing at least two people. A video posted on social media showed a group of protesters carrying a young man away with what looked like a serious headache when the shooting rang. His condition was not immediately known.

Citing members of a local rescue team, Myanmar Now said at least seven people were injured in the shooting, two of whom were seriously injured and detained by soldiers.

Late Friday, armed plainclothes police detained five people after talking to CNN reporters at a market in Yangon, the country’s largest city, local media reported witnesses. The arrests took place in three separate cases.

Myanmar Now reportedly shouted for help when two women were arrested. A policeman with a gun asked, “Did anyone dare to help them?” Witnesses told the news agency.

Witnesses said of the two police officers who forcibly took away two other women in the market, “they turned their pistols at passers-by and people in the store.”

Meanwhile, the Karen National Union, which represents ethnic minority rebels who have fought the government for decades, has “non-stop bombing and air strikes” on its home villages along the Thai border and “unarmed civilians.” Blame.
“The attack killed many people, including children and students, and destroyed schools, homes and villages. These acts of terrorism were clearly significant in national and international law,” the group said in a statement. It’s a violation. “

More than 12 civilians have been killed and more than 20,000 have been evacuated in Karen-controlled areas since March 27, according to Free Burma Rangers, a relief agency operating in the area.

About 3,000 Karen fled to Thailand, but many returned in uncertain circumstances. Thai officials said they had returned home voluntarily, but aid groups said they were unsafe and many were hiding in the jungles and caves on the Myanmar side of the border.

Over a dozen minority groups have sought greater autonomy from the central government for decades, sometimes through armed struggles. Several major groups, including Kachin, Karen and Rakhine Arakan troops, have accused the coup and said they would defend protesters on their territory.

After several weeks of nighttime blockages of Internet access, on Friday the Myanmar military closed all links except those using fiber optic cables that were operating at significantly slower speeds. Access to mobile networks and all wireless (a cheaper option used by most people in developing countries) remained blocked on Saturday.

Myanmar has declined for 50 years under a strict military regime, leading to international isolation and sanctions. With the generals loosening their grip and Aung San Suu Kyi’s leadership in the 2015 elections, the international community responded by lifting most sanctions and investing in the country.

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