Follow APAt least 5 people were injured when police opened fire to disperse a crowd of protesters in the ancient capital of Bagan. Photos shared on social media show a young man bleeding on his chin and neck, possibly from rubber bullets.
Ammo shells obtained at the scene showed that real bullets were also used by the police.
In addition to Bagan, large-scale protests have also taken place in many cities and towns in Myanmar, including the two largest cities, Yangon and Mandalay. The scale of the protest in Mandalay on Sunday amounted to more than 10,000 people.
The report from Yangon said police carried out a series of raids Saturday night to arrest the organizers and support the protest movement. Videos of witnesses showed gunshots resounding in the night.
Khin Maung Latt (58 years old), a local leader of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD), died at the hospital Sunday morning, after being arrested Saturday night. . Authorities have not yet commented on Latt’s death.
Demonstration on 7/3 in Yangon. Photo: AP
Fence of protesters in Yangon. Photo: AP
Protesters use fire extinguishers to deal with police when they are sprayed with tear gas. Photo: AP
Riot police in Yangon. Photo: AP
The army brought guns to suppress protesters in Yangon. Photo: AP
Protesters in Yangon set up bamboo barriers. Photo: AP
Sunday protests in Mandalay. Photo: AP
Mandalay protesters ran away when the police sprayed their pepper spray. Photo: AP
In neighboring Thailand, thousands of people, Thailand as well as Myanmar, gathered on Sunday outside of the UN regional office to call on the international community to join in ending violence in Myanmar.
“I have a peaceful life here, but I am fighting for my relatives, family and friends in Myanmar,” said Aye Nanda Soe, 26. She currently works in digital marketing, living in Bangkok with her mother and brother while her father lives in Yangon. “We want the United Nations to protect our people first, then help our leaders. The people of Myanmar are no longer safe.”
Demonstration against the Myanmar coup in Bangkok (Thailand). Photo: AP
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