Myanmar coup: Six protesters die after safety forces open fireplace; Junta expenses 6 journalists for ‘spreading false data, inflicting concern’

Myanmar coup: Six protesters die after safety forces open fireplace; Junta expenses 6 journalists for ‘spreading false data, inflicting concern’

Demonstrations continued throughout Yangon, Myanmar’s largest metropolis, on Wednesday, with protesters utilizing makeshift tyre and barbed wire barricades to dam main roads and gradual the police

Myanmar coup: Six protesters die after security forces open fire; Junta charges 6 journalists for ‘spreading false info, causing fear’

Protesters holding selfmade shields as they run throughout an indication in opposition to the army coup in Yangon on March 3, 2021. AFP

Yangon: At the very least six individuals had been killed as Myanmar safety forces fired on pro-democracy protesters Wednesday, after the junta hit half a dozen detained journalists, together with an Related Press photographer, with felony expenses.

The nation has been in chaos since 1 February when the army launched a coup and detained civilian chief Aung San Suu Kyi, ending Myanmar’s decade-long experiment with democracy and sparking each day mass protests.

Worldwide strain is mounting – Western powers have repeatedly hit the generals with sanctions – and Britain has referred to as for a United Nations Safety Council assembly on Friday.

However the junta has ignored the worldwide condemnation, responding to the rebellion with escalating power, and safety forces used deadly power on demonstrators once more on Wednesday.

4 individuals had been shot useless throughout a protest in a metropolis in central Myanmar, in line with medics who spoke to AFP by telephone.

One other two demonstrators died about two hours’ drive away in Mandalay, the nation’s second-biggest metropolis, medics informed AFP.

One of many victims in Mandalay was shot within the head and the opposite within the chest, in line with a health care provider, who requested to not be named.

A protest within the central metropolis of Myingyan additionally turned violent, as safety forces confronted protesters in arduous hats crouching behind pink home-made shields emblazoned with the three-finger salute – a logo of resistance for the anti-coup motion.

“They fired tear fuel, rubber bullets, and reside rounds,” a volunteer medic on the scene informed AFP, including that no less than 10 individuals had been injured.

Demonstrations additionally continued throughout Yangon, Myanmar’s largest metropolis, on Wednesday, with protesters utilizing makeshift tyre and barbed wire barricades to dam main roads and gradual the police.

In downtown Pansodan Street, close to the famed Sule pagoda intersection, protesters pasted print-outs of junta chief Min Aung Hlaing’s face on the bottom – a tactic geared toward slowing down safety forces who will keep away from standing on the portraits.

In one other San Chaung township, which has been the positioning of intense clashes in latest days, tear fuel and fireplace extinguisher clouds crammed the streets as riot police confronted protesters.

Sunday was the bloodiest day because the army takeover, with the UN saying no less than 18 protesters had been killed throughout the nation.

Wednesday’s violence got here after the international ministers of Southeast Asian nations – together with Myanmar’s junta consultant Wunna Maung Lwin – mentioned the disaster at a digital assembly.

After the talks Indonesia’s Retno Marsudi expressed frustration over the junta’s lack of cooperation.

Singapore – which is Myanmar’s largest investor – condemned the authorities’ use of deadly power, with Premier Lee Hsien Loong telling the BBC that it was “unacceptable”

Journalists charged
AP photographer Thein Zaw, 32, was arrested on Saturday as he lined an indication in Myanmar’s business hub Yangon, his lawyer informed AFP on Wednesday.

Thein Zw and 5 different Myanmar journalists had been charged beneath a regulation in opposition to “inflicting concern, spreading false information or agitating immediately or not directly a authorities worker”, in line with the lawyer, Tin Zar Oo.

The junta amended the regulation final month, to extend the utmost sentence from two years to a few years in jail.

“Ko Thein Zaw was merely reporting according to press freedom regulation – he wasn’t protesting, he was simply doing his work, the lawyer, Tin Zar Oo, stated, including that each one six had been being held at Insein jail in Yangon.

The opposite 5 journalists are from Myanmar Now, Myanmar Picture Company, 7Day Information, Zee Kwet On-line information and a freelancer, in line with AP.

AP’s vice-president of worldwide information Ian Philips referred to as for Thein Zaw’s speedy launch.

“Unbiased journalists should be allowed to freely and safely report the information with out concern of retribution,” he stated.

Based on the Help Affiliation for Political Prisoners (AAPP) monitoring group, greater than 1,200 individuals have been arrested because the coup, with about 900 nonetheless behind bars or dealing with expenses.

However the actual quantity is probably going far greater – state-run media reported that on Sunday alone greater than 1,300 individuals had been arrested.

AAPP says that 34 journalists are amongst these detained, with 15 launched thus far.

The latest confirmed arrest got here Monday when a Myanmar journalist with broadcasting service Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) live-streamed a late-night raid on his dwelling.

The footage – posted on DVB’s Fb web page – appeared to point out loud bangs exterior his condo constructing as he pleaded with authorities to not shoot.

 

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