Monday, February 22, 2021 08:15 AM (GMT + 7)
20.2 was the worst day since the protests broke out in Myanmar following the military coup. Police opened fire uncontrollably at the crowd of protesters, killing more than 22 people.
The injured protesters were taken to an ambulance.
In Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city, the police did not stop crowds of protesting up to hundreds of thousands of people. But protests in Mandalay and elsewhere were drastically suppressed by the police, according to Al Jazeera. According to records on February 20, 2 protesters were killed by police bullets and 20 were injured.
A doctor participated in a front-line demonstration in Mandalay, describing the chaotic scene and bloodshed “like wartime.” She said she saw police spray cannons at protesters, beat them, and even shot real bullets.
The first incident happened in the area near the port of Mandalay, when a ship was blocked from sailing. Crowds of protesters form a fence to prevent police intervention.
When protesters gave in to the police to enter the port area, clashes occurred. “The police used a tornado to suppress protesters, who could not run away were beaten,” said the female doctor. “I saw with my own eyes the scene of a woman just standing and watching but was also attacked by the police. She had a serious head injury.
The female doctor was among the medical staff called to treat two injured protesters, while being held in the police car. “A person was injured in the head area. The other was hit by two bullets. As far as I can see, this is not a rubber bullet wound. The victim bleed a lot ”.
“The police do not accept release, only allow us to give first aid and help them with pain relief,” said the female doctor.
In another street in Mandalay, the female doctor and a group of medical staff saw the “worse” scene. Many protesters were seriously injured, one was hit by bullets in the abdomen.
A student protesting in Mandalay also shared that the police are ready to “arrest, beat, even shoot at protesters”.
Police also raided a housing complex for government employees. Those who refused to return to normal work were attacked by the police and threatened to be arrested.
“The time for negotiations has ended,” said Phil Robertson, deputy director of Human Rights Observations in Asia.
“The United Nations and countries need to act aggressively on the Myanmar military government, as the police and the military are doing everything possible to quell the peaceful protest movement,” Robertson said.
Talking about the peaceful situation in Yangon, Robertson said that the military authorities did not forcefully suppress because there were “embassies, United Nations offices, commercial and business centers”.
At the moment, there are no signs of protesting in Myanmar will calm down. The more police suppressed, the more protesters protested strongly. The protest wave tends to spread on the next day, 21.2.
The military coup in Myanmar earlier this month reflected the close ties between the Myanmar army and “people …
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