Deaths mount in ruthless response to Myanmar’s anti-coup protests

  In Yangon, the country’s largest city, which has seen some of the biggest protests, three people were killed, according to the Democratic Voice of Burma, an independent television and online news service. Reports on social media said two died.   Live fire also was reported to have caused injuries in Magwe, also in central Myanmar; in the town of Hpakant in the northern state of Kachin; and in Pyinoolwin, a town in central Myanmar better known to many by its British colonial name, Maymyo. STR/AFP/Getty

In Myingyan, in the same central region, multiple social media posts reported the shooting death of a 14-year-old boy. Medics and educators among those targetedDetails of the crackdowns and casualties are difficult to independently confirm, especially those occurring outside the bigger cities. Security Council is expected to hold a closed meeting on the situation on Friday, council diplomats said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized the give the information before the official announcement.   Riot police in the city, backed by soldiers, broke up a rally and chased around 1,000 teachers and students from a street with tear gas as gun shots could be heard. A video shows he had moved out of the way as police charged down a street at protesters, but then was seized by police officers who handcuffed him and held him briefly in a chokehold before marching him away. Police can be seen kicking the three crew members and thrashing them with rifle butts.   In the central city of Monywa, which has turned out huge crowds, three people were shot Wednesday, including one in the head, the Democratic Voice of Burma reported. Photos posted on social media showed a university student peacefully taking part in the protest, and later showed her apparently lifeless with a head wound. Police have arrested protesters en masse, and even charged journalists with vague crimes after arresting them as they tried to covered the confrontations.   Video from The Associated Press showed a squad of police firing slingshots in the apparent direction of demonstrators as they dispersed. The coup reversed years of slow progress toward democracy in the Southeast Asian nation after five decades of military rule. The United Kingdom requested the meeting, they said. The deaths were also mentioned on Twitter, where some photos of bodies were posted. Photos that posters said were of his body showed his head and chest soaked with blood as he was carried by fellow protesters.   Along with five other journalists, he has been charged with violating a public safety law that could see him imprisoned for up to three years.Little help from abroadThe escalation of the crackdown has led to increased diplomatic efforts to resolve Myanmar’s political crisis — but there appear to be few viable options. STR/AFP/Getty

In Mandalay, the country’s second-biggest city, two people were reportedly shot dead. A soldier stands next to a detained man during a demonstration against the military coup in Mandalay, Myanmar, March 3, 2021. The regional group of 10 nations has a tradition of non-interference in each other’s internal affairs. A statement by the chair after the meeting merely called for an end to violence and for talks on how to reach a peaceful settlement. The body of Kyal Sin, also known by her Chinese name Deng Jia Xi, lays in an ambulance after she was shot in the head during a demonstration against the military coup in Mandalay, Myanmar, March 3, 2021.   Security forces are believed to single out medical workers for arrest and mistreatment because members of the medical profession launched the country’s civil disobedience movement to resist the junta. On Wednesday, there were reports of eight more deaths in four different cities, including a 14-year-old boy. First published on March 3, 2021 / 10:45 AM   But there, too, action is unlikely.   Ignoring that appeal, Myanmar’s security forces on Wednesday continued to attack peaceful protesters.   Demonstrators have regularly flooded the streets of cities across the country since the military seized power on February 1 and ousted the elected government of leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Protesters react, with one letting off a fire extinguisher, as tear gas is fired by police during a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, March 2, 2021.   In addition, a widely circulated video taken from a security camera showed police in the city brutally beating members of an ambulance crew — apparently after they were arrested. STR/AFP/Getty

According to the U.N. Some countries have imposed or are considering imposing their own sanctions. It is also likely that many attacks in remote areas go unreported. Unrest continues after coup in Myanmar

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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, of which Myanmar is a member, held a teleconference meeting of foreign ministers on Tuesday to discuss the crisis. On Saturday, at least eight journalists, including Thein Zaw of The Associated Press, were detained. Deaths mount in ruthless response to Myanmar’s anti-coup protests

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Myanmar protests turn deadly after coup

Myanmar protests turn deadly after coup

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Yangon, Myanmar — Myanmar security forces shot and killed at least eight people Wednesday, according to accounts on social media and local news reports, as authorities extended their lethal crackdown on protests against last month’s coup.   Still, any kind of coordinated action at the United Nations will be difficult since two permanent members of the Security Council, China and Russia, would almost certainly veto it.   The intensifying standoff is familiar in the country with a long history of peaceful resistance to military rule — and brutal crackdowns. Videos from various locations showed security forces firing slingshots at demonstrators, chasing them down and even brutally beating an ambulance crew. Their numbers have remained high despite security forces repeatedly firing tear gas, rubber bullets and live rounds to disperse the crowds. Human Rights Office, security forces killed at least 18 protesters Sunday. But the accounts of most assaults have been consistent in social media and from local news outlets, and usually have videos and photos supporting them.   The U.N. Accounts on social media said a man was also killed.