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Myanmar authorities shoot two demonstrators dead as violent crackdown continues


At least two people have been shot dead during protests in Myanmar’s largest city, as security forces continue with their violent crackdown against demonstrations. 

One of the victims was shot in the head, while the other was shot in the abdomen, according to local media covering the protests in Hlaing Thar Yar Township in Yangon.

Footage posted on social media showed crowds of protesters, some wearing hard hats and gas masks, running with the sounds of gunfire clear in the background. They used fire extinguishers as they ran, intended to smother tear gas and create a vapor screen against the police.   

Demonstrators have been using fire extinguishers to protect themselves from police and tear gas in the protests

There were also reports that people were injured from both live rounds and rubber bullets, and that roadblocks were set alight by security forces.

It comes after the United Nations said Myanmar’s military are likely to be committing crimes against humanity – adding that 70 protesters had been ‘murdered’ since last month’s coup. Other unofficial tallies put the number of deaths since the coup at around 90.

More than 2,000 have also been detained, with allegations of torture and enforced disappearances. 

The civilian leader of Myanmar’s government, Mahn Win Khaing Than continues to call for ‘revolution’ to oust the military who took power in the coup on February 1. 

Currently in hiding, the acting Vice President, who is a member of deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s political party, addressed the nation on Saturday, saying that ‘the dawn is close.’    

A man uses a slingshot during the security force crack down on anti-coup protesters in Mandalay

A man uses a slingshot during the security force crack down on anti-coup protesters in Mandalay

Protesters and resident (behind) make new road block after police burn their makeshift blockade near BayintNaung bridge which links to Hlaingthaya

Protesters and resident (behind) make new road block after police burn their makeshift blockade near BayintNaung bridge which links to Hlaingthaya

People clash with security forces as they continue to protest against military coup and detention of elected government members in in Hlaing Thar Yar Township

People clash with security forces as they continue to protest against military coup and detention of elected government members in in Hlaing Thar Yar Township

A wounded person is being carried to hospital as people continue to protest against military coup and detention of elected government members

A wounded person is being carried to hospital as people continue to protest against military coup and detention of elected government members

Smoke rises in the distance of Hlaing Thar Yar Township amid clashes. Security forces opened fire on peaceful demonstrators

Smoke rises in the distance of Hlaing Thar Yar Township amid clashes. Security forces opened fire on peaceful demonstrators

A wounded person is being carried to hospital. many hospitals continue to be occupied by security forces, they are being boycotted in favour of makeshift clinics by medical staff and protesters

A wounded person is being carried to hospital. many hospitals continue to be occupied by security forces, they are being boycotted in favour of makeshift clinics by medical staff and protesters

Demonstrators in Yagon were not fazed by Saturday's events, and gathered past the 8pm curfew to hold a candlelit vigil.

Demonstrators in Yagon were not fazed by Saturday’s events, and gathered past the 8pm curfew to hold a candlelit vigil.

Families are grieving. Pictured, the relatives and friends of Ko Saw Pye Naing, 21, who died in the anti-coup protests

Families are grieving. Pictured, the relatives and friends of Ko Saw Pye Naing, 21, who died in the anti-coup protests  

Demonstrators have been using make shift clinics to receive treatment for their injuries during the protests

Demonstrators have been using make shift clinics to receive treatment for their injuries during the protests 

Demonstrators have had to use metal shields as barriers to protect themselves against the weapons being used by military

Demonstrators have had to use metal shields as barriers to protect themselves against the weapons being used by military

The anti-coup protests are continuing, despite the increasingly violent crackdowns on demonstrators

The anti-coup protests are continuing, despite the increasingly violent crackdowns on demonstrators

Demonstrators hold candles in vigils held after the 8pm curfew as part of the protests across the city

Demonstrators hold candles in vigils held after the 8pm curfew as part of the protests across the city

 ‘In order to form a federal democracy, which all ethnic brothers who have been suffering various kinds of oppressions from the dictatorship for decades really desired, this revolution is the chance for us to put our efforts together,’ he said in a video posted on the shadow government’s website.

‘We will never give up to an unjust military, but we will carve our future together with our united power. Our mission must be accomplished.’

He ended the video, which was also shared on social media, with the three finger salute – the image that has become a symbol of resistance.    

Elsewhere, security forces opened fire on demonstrators, killing four in Mandalay, the country’s second biggest city, two in Pyay and one in Twante, a suburb of Yangon. Details of the seven deaths on Saturday were posted on several social media accounts.  

Protesters sit on a makeshift barricade to deter security forces during demonstrations against the military coup in Yangon

Protesters sit on a makeshift barricade to deter security forces during demonstrations against the military coup in Yangon

A woman cries next to the body of a man who was shot while dragging an injured girl to safety during a protest

A woman cries next to the body of a man who was shot while dragging an injured girl to safety during a protest

A number of people were shot dead during the protests in Myanmar's largest city as security forces continue their crackdown

A number of people were shot dead during the protests in Myanmar’s largest city as security forces continue their crackdown 

The United Nations has said that around 70 protesters have been 'murdered' since last month's coup.

The United Nations has said that around 70 protesters have been ‘murdered’ since last month’s coup.

Protesters carried signs that read 'Coups have no place in our modern world' as they marched in Mandalay on Sunday

Protesters carried signs that read ‘Coups have no place in our modern world’ as they marched in Mandalay on Sunday 

The civilian leader of Myanmar's government has vowed to continue to support the 'revolution' to oust the military

The civilian leader of Myanmar’s government has vowed to continue to support the ‘revolution’ to oust the military 

The death toll could be higher still after claims that police seized some bodies, and that some victims suffered gunshot wounds that staff at makeshift clinics may not be able to treat. 

As many hospitals continue to be occupied by security forces, they are being boycotted in favour of makeshift clinics by medical staff and protesters. 

Demonstrators in Yagon were not fazed by Saturday’s events, and gathered past the 8pm curfew to hold a candlelit vigil. Post curfew rallies were also held elsewhere. 

Police are continuing patrol resident areas at night and carry out targeted raids. In at least two known cases, detainees have died in custody.   



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