The UN human rights office said that the police officers in Myanmar have fired at the anti-coup protestors killing as many as 18 people. As the police across the country used tear gas and live rounds, fatalities were reported in Yangon, Mandalay, and Dawei.
After the weeks of continued protests across the country since the civilian government was toppled on February 1, security forces began a violent crackdown on Saturday. Aung San Suu Kyi and several other leaders of the leading-NLD were overthrown and detained. The Sunday protests footage that went viral on social media showed protestors running away as police charged at them, makeshift roadblocks at streets, and protestors covered in blood being led away.
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On Sunday, the military authorities expanded the crackdown against the peaceful protestors as the army regime sought to quell a growing civil disobedience movement. Jake Sullivan, the American National Security advisor, said that the newly-elected US president was considering additional actions against Myanmar’s military leaders.
He said in a statement on Sunday that Washington will continue to closely coordinate with allies in the region to hold those responsible for the violence to account. Since the army seized power in Myanmar, the US has imposed sanctions on the nation’s army leaders.
On Sunday, the human rights office said that it condemned the killing of innocent protestors and said that it had credible evidence that as many as eighteen people were killed by the security forces. Reportedly, more than thirty people have been injured. Moreover, local media and activists in Yangon said that at least four people had been killed as the police opened fire. Besides, the protestors in other cities were herded away in police vans.
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