At least ten people died on March 3, after the military opened fire on protesters. Asean Foreign Ministers call again on the military to release Aung San Suu Kyi.
At least ten protesters were reportedly killed and several injured by security forces on March 3 in Burma, as clashes erupted as part of the rebellion in the country against the coup that toppled the civilian government of Aung San Suu Kyi on February 1.
In Mandalay, the country’s second city, two protesters were shot dead in the head and chest, a doctor told AFP on condition of anonymity, for fear of reprisals. In Monywa, at least seven people were killed. A 20-year-old man died in Myingyan, the agency reports, based on medical sources. “They opened fire with live ammunition. One person died, a young man, a teenager, shot in the head, ”Moe Myint Hein, a 25-year-old student from Myingyan, told Reuters.
Images posted on social networks showed this young protester covered in blood, transported far from the barricades by his friends. On others, a series of detonations were heard, while protesters chanted: “our revolt must succeed”. “The police fired tear gas, rubber bullets, but also live ammunition,” also told AFP a rescuer present on the scene.
The situation was also very tense in the economic capital, Rangoon, in particular in certain neighborhoods in the north of the city where a dispensary received around 20 wounded. “Some were hit by rubber bullets […] others were beaten, ”detailed an official of the establishment.
Reports of many more casualties in Yangon district as Myanmar forces fire on anti-coup protesters – one witness said there was continuous fire: “I saw two people killed on the spot,” he said. #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar
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People’s testimonies and press reports also report rallies in Chin, West, Kachin in the North, Shan states in the Northeast, Central Sagaing Region and the southern city of Dawei, according to the report. Reuters.
The day of February 28 had already been particularly murderous with at least 18 dead in the ranks of the demonstrators, according to the United Nations. One of the victims was buried on March 3, with hundreds singing around her flower-covered coffin: “Democracy is our cause.” Since the February 1 coup, around 30 people have been killed in protests, according to a Reuters tally.
UK calls for a new meeting of the UN Security Council
In the judicial field, the former President of the Republic Win Myint, already indicted for not having respected restrictions linked to the coronavirus, is now accused of having violated the Constitution, lawyer Khin Maung told AFP. Zaw. Aung San Suu Kyi, still held incommunicado, is targeted by four charges including “incitement to public disturbance”.
Six Burmese journalists, including Thein Zaw, a photographer for the American agency Associated Press, have been charged. They are being prosecuted for “causing fear among the population, spreading false information […] or incited government employees to disobedience, ”according to their lawyer.
The military remains unresponsive to international condemnation, as Burmese Ambassador to the United Nations Kyaw Moe Tun dramatically broke with the putschist generals last week calling for “an end to the coup”. The foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) on March 2 again called on the military to restrain and release Aung San Suu Kyi.
The UK has called for a new meeting of the UN Security Council. Its 15 members issued a joint statement a month ago to stress their concern over the situation. The army, which is contesting the result of the November 2020 elections, which Aung San Suu Kyi’s party won overwhelmingly, has promised a new ballot.