After a coup in Myanmar on February 1, the army has waged a massive revolt against supporters of democracy, and more than 300 people have died in this bloody violence. Local media and human rights organizations say that about 90 per cent of the people were shot and killed. The military spokesman himself admitted that 164 protesters and nine security personnel had been killed as of Tuesday.
The death of so many people in Myanmar has infuriated western countries, including the US. Myanmar’s neighbouring countries have also fiercely criticized it. According to the non-profit group AAPP, crimes against humanity are being committed daily. He said that about 3000 people had been arrested so far. The group reported that as of 25 March, 320 people have died in Myanmar.
Demonstrators demand a peaceful shutdown. Earlier on Thursday, many protesters took to the streets, and in some places, security forces used force to disperse them. However, on Wednesday, the protesters adopted a new strategy, calling for a peaceful bandh, due to which people stayed inside their homes, and business establishments were closed all day.
Recently, local media reported violent action against protesters in Hapan, capital of southeastern Karen province, Taunggayi, capital of eastern province Shan, and Mawlamayin, capital of Mone province.
Information related to this has been shared on social media forums. However, it is not clear what soldiers have used the cartridges in addition to the rubber bullets on the protesters. According to the broadcast and online news service Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB), two people were seriously injured in Hapan. Simultaneously, the demonstrations were peaceful this morning at other places, including Mandalay.
According to DVB news, one person was killed, and four others were injured in a military operation in Kyaukapadung town of central Myanmar on Wednesday night. Significantly, the Myanmar military regime, on Wednesday, released hundreds of protesters who were arrested on charges of protesting the coup last month, giving the first sign of softness to calm the demonstrations. The army ousted Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected government from power on February 1.