The country has been rocked by a wave of protests and a campaign of civil disobedience since the putsch that toppled Aung San Suu Kyi on February 1. Faced with this largely peaceful revolt, the authorities intensified the use of force, dispersing the gatherings with tear gas, water cannons, rubber ammunition and sometimes live ammunition.
This Sunday, a 23-year-old protester was killed in Rangoon. In Dawei, in the south of the country, three people perished and about 20 others were injured. The three victims were “hit by live ammunition”, while the wounded were hit by rubber ammunition, said rescuer Pyae Zaw Hein, fearing a heavier toll. Two 18-year-old boys were killed in Bago, near Yangon, according to other rescuers. And in Mandalay (center), a protester, seriously injured by a projectile that pierced his helmet and lodged in his brain, is in critical condition.
It is the deadliest day since the coup. The head of the junta, General Min Aung Hlaing, nevertheless assures us that the authorities resort to minimal use of force against the gatherings. But there are now at least eleven dead in the ranks of the demonstrators since February 1.
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