Seven protesters were shot dead in Myanmar Thursday as the junta reacted to worldwide condemnation of its crackdown by claiming ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi had accepted hefty prohibited payments.
Diplomatic pressure has been constructing considering that the generals took power on February 1, activating everyday protests around the nation that they have actually struggled to stop.
The United Nations on Wednesday condemned the junta’s significantly violent crackdown, which has seen more than 60 killed and 2,000 arrested, with even China– a traditional Myanmar ally– requiring “de-escalation” and discussion.
Thursday saw more hardline action against demonstrators, with 6 eliminated in central Myanmar’s Myaing town.
Individuals carry an injured resident, who was shot with rubber bullets as security force damaged barriers set up by protesters against the military coup, in Yangon on March 9, 2021 AFP/ STR
” Six males were shot dead while eight people were injured– with one man in an important condition,” a rescue worker informed AFP.
A witness told AFP five of them were shot in the head.
There was also a fatality in Yangon’s North Dagon, where Chit Minutes Thu, 25, passed away after being shot in the head.
” I just recently learnt that his better half is 2 months pregnant,” his mother Hnin Malar Aung told AFP.
International pressure has been building progressively because the military ousted and detained civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Feburary 1, activating everyday presentations around the nation AFP/ STR
” Nobody will be in peace until this scenario ends. They were so terrible with my son. I never ever expected my kid would be shot in the head … I’m anxious about all the unarmed youth, they will remain in problem.”
The military, which has actually defended its takeover by citing voting irregularities in November elections won by Suu Kyi’s party, held a rare press conference Thursday accusing Suu Kyi of corruption.
In the capital Naypyidaw, junta representative Zaw Min Tun said the apprehended chief minister of Yangon had confessed giving Suu Kyi $600,000 in cash, in addition to more than 11 kilograms ($ 680,000 worth) of gold.
” We have actually found out Daw Aung San Suu Kyi herself took this $600,000 and seven visses (11.2 kgs) of gold. The anti-corruption commission is investigating,” Zaw Minutes Tun stated.
Street map of Yangon revealing Ma Hlwa Gone train station and San Chaung town, the latest flashpoints in the ongoing Myanmar protests. AFP/ Laurence CHU
Nobel peace laureate Suu Kyi, detained given that the February 1 putsch, is already dealing with several criminal charges including owning unlicensed walkie-talkies and breaching coronavirus restrictions by staging a project event throughout in 2015’s election.
On Thursday, state-run paper the Mirror carried an announcement that the Arakan Army (AA)– which fights for more autonomy for the ethnic Rakhine population in northern Rakhine state– was no longer considered a terrorist organisation.
The AA has actually been locked in battle with the military for almost two years in a conflict that has left hundreds dead and forced some 200,000 civilians to leave their houses.
Herve Lemahieu, a Myanmar specialist from Australia’s Lowy Institute, said the relocation was likely because the military– known as the Tatmadaw– wished to end the interruption of fighting the AA so it could concentrate on the demonstrations.
” The Tatmadaw has many enemies, they don’t want to run on too many fronts at the same time and the most important front at this moment in time is against the ethnic Burman majority in the major metropolitan centres,” he informed AFP.
As the crackdown continues, the Sanchaung town in Myanmar’s industrial hub Yangon had another sleep deprived night, as security forces raided apartment or condos searching for lost authorities weapons.
” They utilized sound bombs on every street,” said one homeowner.
Another part of Yangon, North Okkalapa, was also reeling after 300 arrests on Wednesday, according to the Support Association for Political Prisoners monitoring group.
An Amnesty International report on Thursday accused the armed force of utilizing “battleground weapons” on unarmed protesters and performing premeditated killings managed by their commanding officers.
The rights group catalogued the security forces’ usage of firearms that are “completely inappropriate for usage in policing protests”, including light machine guns, sniper rifles and semi-automatic rifles.
With global condemnation up until now relatively neglected by the junta, the United States applied fresh pressure with sanctions against 2 adult children of coup leader General Minutes Aung Hlaing.
And the Asian Development Bank announced it had actually temporarily suspended financing for federal government jobs in Myanmar “as the worldwide community assesses the progressing scenario”.