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Myanmar coup: At least two killed as police disperse protesters

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Myanmar coup: At least two killed as police disperse protesters

Police confront protesters in Mandalay, Myanmar

Reuters

At least two people have been killed during fresh protests in Myanmar against a military coup.

Police used live ammunition to disperse demonstrators in Mandalay, local media and medical staff reported.

Hundreds had gathered for a rally at a shipyard in Myanmar’s second largest city. Several were injured, reportedly by live fire and rubber bullets.

Myanmar has seen weeks of protests following the coup which overthrew Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected government.

Protesters are demanding that she be released, along with other members of her National League for Democracy (NLD) party. She is under house arrest, accused of possessing illegal walkie-talkies and violating the country’s Natural Disaster Law.

The military allege the NLD’s landslide election win last year was fraudulent but have not provided proof.

The violence in Mandalay comes a day after a young woman became the first confirmed death from the protests.

Mya Thwe Thwe Khaing was shot in the head, with rights groups saying her injuries were consistent with live ammunition. Police denied using lethal force.

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Myanmar – the basics

  • Myanmar, also known as Burma, was long considered a pariah state while under the rule of an oppressive military junta from 1962 to 2011
  • A gradual liberalisation began in 2010, leading to free elections in 2015 and the installation of a government led by veteran opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi the following year
  • In 2017, Myanmar’s army responded to attacks on police by Rohingya militants with a deadly crackdown, driving more than half a million Rohingya Muslims across the border into Bangladesh in what the UN later called a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing”
  • Aung San Suu Kyi and her government were overthrown in an army coup on 1 February

Map with Mandalay

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Published at Sat, 20 Feb 2021 12:37:49 +0000

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Myanmar coup: At least two killed as police disperse protesters