2 anti-coup protesters shot in Myanmar, outlets closed

Yangon, March 8

Two demonstrators were killed in Myanmar on Monday, witnesses said, while shops, factories and banks were closed in Yangon as part of the protests against the country’s military rulers. Security forces were also deployed at hospitals and universities as part of efforts to enforce the law, state media said.

It was not immediately clear who fired on the protesters in the northern town of Myitkyina, although both police and the military were at the scene, the witnesses said.

Over 50 killed by security forces so far: UN

  • On Monday, demonstrators gathered in Yangon and Mandalay, according to videos.
  • Protesters in Dawei, a coastal town in the south, were protected by the Karen National Union, an ethnic armed group engaged a long-running war with the military.
  • The police and military have killed over 50 persons since February 1, according to the UN.

Photos posted on Facebook showed the bodies of two men lying on the street. Witnesses said they were taking part in a protest against the coup when the police fired stun grenades and tear gas. Several people were then hit by gunfire from nearby buildings. One witness, who said he helped move the bodies, told Reuters two persons were shot in the head and died on the spot. Three persons were wounded. “How inhumane to kill unarmed civilians,” said the witness, a 20-year-old man. “We must have our right to protest peacefully.” The police and military have killed more than 50 persons to quell the daily demonstrations and strikes against the coup, according to the United Nations. A military spokesman did not respond to calls asking for comment on the latest incidents. — Reuters

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