Tuesday, February 23, 2021

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Those who attended the funeral of Cain, a woman in her twenties who died during a protest against the coup in Myanmar, are demonstrating with three fingers spreading out to signify that they will not obey the military dictatorship. Reuters/Yonhap News

In Myanmar, where the coup took place, fears of bloodshed are growing as four people died and dozens were injured in the recent military and police indiscriminate shooting. In particular, there is a prospect that the situation may worsen as the military administration is consistent with criticism of violence suppression as well as sanctions movement in the international community.

On the 21st, local media Irrawaddy reported that at least four people were killed and more than 100 were injured as of the night before. Three are participants in the condemnation of the coup, and one is a vigilante. On the 9th, during a demonstration in the capital city of Naepido, one man who was hit by a live police bullet in the head and died of brain death on the 19th. It was the first protester’s death after the coup. On the 20th, the weekend, the military and police in Mandalay, the second city, fired indiscriminately live ammunition at the protesters, killing at least two people and injuring dozens of others. On the same night, a private vigilante was shot and killed in Yangon, the largest city. In major cities such as Yangon, the number of cases where the military and police hijack opposing coup opponents at night is frequent, and residents have formed vigilantes to prevent this. Reuters news agency also cited Myanmar Free Asia Broadcasting (RFA), saying that the police shot the vigilantes to death. In particular, in Mandalay, after the coup on the 1st, the military and police suppressed violence against protesters and citizen disobedience movement participants at least seven times, and more than 100 people, including pregnant women, were injured, Irrawaddy reported. The military government also reported that actor Lu Min, one of the six people who had been ordered for incitement to participate in civil disobedience movements and protests, was also arrested at his home. The Myanmar Political Offender Support Association (AAPP) announced that 569 people had been arrested by the military until the day before. In this regard, a military media reported that the bullet found in the head of the first victim, Mia Tuwetuwe Kain, was not from a firearm used by the police, and claimed no military responsibility for his death, Irrawaddy said. On this day, the funeral of Cain was strictly observed in the capital Naepido. Citizens took the last road of Cain while riding in cars and motorcycles. Amid bloody repression, the people of Myanmar are appealing to the world for help. In Michina, the northern Kachin state, young people wrote large phrases, “We Lost Human Rights,” on the banks of the Irrawaddy River, Irrawaddy reported. Even in front of the UN office in Yangon, protesters urged the UN to intervene, the media reported. UN Special Rapporteur Tom Andrews criticized social media as “a water cannon and rubber bullets, followed by the armed forces open fire at peaceful protesters. This madness should end immediately.” In this regard, the foreign media reported that Facebook said it had deleted the Facebook page of the military government’s publicity media. In a statement, Facebook explained the reason for the deletion, saying, “The military government’s promotional media pages repeatedly violate Facebook’s policy of prohibiting acts that incite violence and cause harm.” Despite bloody repression, coup protests were held on the 16th day in Yangon and other places. In Mandalay, despite the tragedy that two people were shot and killed the day before, tens of thousands of medical students and other students came to the streets to protest coups and bloodshed. Thousands of protesters took part in the protests by boat at Inle Lake, a popular tourist destination in northern Shan State. Myanmar’s military government took power in a coup on the 1st for the reason that the civil government did not properly investigate, despite serious irregularities in the general elections in November last year. yunhap news





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