18 killed, dozens injured during violent crackdown by security forces at anti-coup protest nationwide in Myanmar yesterday

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At least 18 people were killed and 30 others were injured during a deadly protest crackdown in several major cities of Myanmar, yesterday, February 28th, as thousands of Myanmar anti-coup supporters staged a peaceful demonstration against the military junta, the United Nations Human Rights Office reports.

Tear gas, stun grenades, rubber bullets, and live rounds that were used by security forces during the bloody confrontation had turned the city of Yangon into a live battleground as the protesters have been staging restless peaceful demonstrations for more than a month after their prominent political leader Aung San Suu Kyi and some of the elected NLD politicians were arrested over alleged fraud in the election in November.

PHOTO: Reuters

Aung San Suu Kyi, who had not been seen by the public since the arrest, was charged with illegally importing six walkie-talkie radios that were found during her detention and violating an Emergency decree of the Covid-19 Coronavirus.

The country has been in chaos after the Burmese army generals announced a state of emergency on February 1st. As more protesters were going down to protest on the street nationwide, more police forces were out in force and reportedly firing at unarmed civilians, causing dozens to be injured and in critical condition.

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Deaths were mostly reported in the biggest city Yangon, as well as Dawei, Mandalay, Myeik, Bago, and Pokokku, according to the United Nations statement. More than 50 medical staff from a volunteer Yangon medical school had also been arrested, local media reported, as they attempted to provide first aid to protesters.

As of today, a large crowd of Myanmar protesters furiously continued to march on the roads again in defiance of yesterday’s bloody crackdown. The situation remained tense throughout the day.

The Myanmar Army, meanwhile, has warned protesters the gatherings are illegal and could spread the Covid-19 Coronavirus. They have not released public statements regarding the violent crackdowns. The country has also been arresting journalists covering the situation and shutting down the internet nightly for weeks.

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