On Wednesday, Myanmar security forces opened fire on protesters against military rule, killing 13 people and injuring at least dozens. The Archbishop in Yangon describes the current persecution in Myanmar as a reenactment of the Tiananmen incident in China on June 4, 1989.
Because the military authorities seem more determined to suppress protests against the military coup, Myanmar security forces in many places have used real ammunition, said witnesses. No warning required. “It’s terrible, this is a massacre. Words cannot describe this situation and our feelings, ” Youth activist Thinzar Shunlei Yi told Reuters via a messaging app.
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Demonstration scene in Yangon on 3/3. (Photo: STR / AFP / Getty Images).
Protesters were killed in many parts of Myanmar
In the central town of Myingyan, a teenage boy about a few years old was murdered. Protest leader Si Thu Maung told Reuters that at first police fired tear gas and stun grenades, but soon after they opened fire. “They did not use the tornado to drive us away, nor warn us to disband, they opened fire.”
“Monywa Gazette” editor Ko Thit Sar said the heaviest casualties were in Monywa – another central town where five people died, including four men and one woman. He told a Reuters reporter: “We have confirmed with family members and doctors that 5 people were killed, at least 30 were injured and some are still in a coma.”
Another witness said that in Myanmar’s second largest city, Mandalay, 2 people were killed. According to another witness, at least three people were killed when the police opened fire in Yangon. There were also two demonstrators killed in the northern mining town of Hpakant.
At least 35 people have been killed since February when anti-military protests broke out in Myanmar.
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Archbishop in Yangon: Myanmar reappears the Tiananmen massacre – China
The Archbishop of Yangon, Charles Maung Bo, shared on Twitter: “Most of the major cities in this country are like Tiananmen Square.” You are referring to the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing.
- The 1989 Tiananmen Massacre
According to Myanmar Now news agency, security forces also arrested about 300 protesters when they disbanded the protest in Yangon.
A 19-year-old girl was one of two people who died during a protest in Mandalay, pictures showing her wearing a T-shirt with the text “Everything will get better.”
Radio Free Asia (RFA) played a video showing police in Yangon ordered three paramedics to get out of the ambulance and shoot into the windshield, then hit the police with gun stock and batons. worker. Reuters was unable to independently verify the video.
Democracy activist Esther Ze Naw told Reuters that those who lost their lives would not be sacrificed in vain, she said: “We will continue this fight and win. We will overcome this challenge and win. “
The video conference on Myanmar by the Foreign Ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) held on Tuesday (February 2) did not achieve a breakthrough. Although countries have unanimously called for restraint, only four countries have called for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and the other detainees.
In a statement, ASEAN’s current rotating presidency country, Brunei, said: “We expressed ASEAN’s readiness to support Myanmar in a positive, peaceful and constructive manner.”
According to Myanmar’s national media, Myanmar Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin, appointed by the new army, also attended the video conference, he “Notice of voting violations in the general election in November (last year)”.
In the November 8, 2020 election, the National League for Democracy (NLD) led by Aung San Suu Kyi won with overwhelming advantage, but the Myanmar army declared fraudulent in the election. and eventually held a coup. During the February 1 coup, the military forces arrested democratically elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi and many other leaders.
The Myanmar Electoral Commission said the election was fair.
According to Linyi, Epoch Times