Health workers, who have been at the forefront of the anti-coup campaign, lead the country’s third-day protests.
At least one person was killed and some injured after Myanmar security forces opened fire on a pro-democracy demonstration of medical workers in Mandalay city, local media reported on Thursday. , according to reports of many young protesters arrested.
An image posted on social media shows a monk carrying a seriously injured man, with two others supporting him. The person later died, according to a social media post citing Mandalay-based Friday Times Magazine.
Some photos on social media also showed the army surrounded people on Thursday morning before they could join a rally in the country’s second largest city.
The Mizzima news agency added that health workers, some of them at the forefront of the anti-coup campaign, gathered early in Mandalay but the army soon arrived to disband, fire and detain some people.
Mizzima said it did not have detailed information on the number of casualties or arrests.
But among those reported by the administration were journalists identified as Ajax and Christopher from Myitkyina News Journal.
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Photos were also posted on a number of damaged vehicles believed to have been destroyed by security forces in Mandalay.
Opponents of the army’s February 1 coup aimed at removing the elected government led by Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi continued their campaign against the army this traditional New Year week with a series of actions and marches.
The news agencies were unable to comment on military government spokespersons.
New year objections
The coup plunged Myanmar into crisis after 10 years of expected democracy, with daily protests and protest campaigns, including workers’ strikes in many sectors brought The economy went into a stalemate.
The five-day New Year holiday, known as Thingyan, started on Tuesday but pro-democracy activists canceled the usual festivals to focus on their opposition to the generals. power.
The military says the protests are decreasing but there have been reports of rapid protests in the Sagaing Region as well as in the town of Hpakant in Kachin State and Kyondoe in Karen State.
In the town of Phayuso in Kayah state, hundreds of people were seen carrying anti-government banners, despite warnings from security forces.
Ahead of Thursday’s latest security crackdown in Mandalay, the operation group, the Association for Support of Political Prisoners, reported at least 715 demonstrators have been killed since the military took power.
The United Nations Human Rights Office on Tuesday warned that the military’s crackdown on the demonstrations risks escalating into a civil war, such as in Syria.
Marking possible crimes against humanity, Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet urges states to take immediate action to push the military to stop a “campaign of suppression and slaughter of the people”.
Demonstrators in Meikhtila held the “Thangyat Strike” on Thursday – the third day of the Thingyan New Year’s Water Festival. Thangyat is a traditional art form that combines poetry, satire and music and is performed during Thingyan. The marchers incorporated the lyrics into their demonstrations. pic.twitter.com/SUEmUu9CUv
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“I fear that the situation in Myanmar is moving towards a full-blown conflict,” Bachelet said in a statement.
“There were clear echoes about Syria in 2011, when it came to the onset of a civil war that lasted more than 10 years that killed about 400,000 people and left more than six million people leaving the land,” she warned. country.
The military junta’s bloody crackdown has led to international widespread condemnation and calls for restraint – as well as sanctions from some countries on the Myanmar armed forces and the broad business interests of surname.
But diplomatic quarrels have stalled concrete actions, with top European Union diplomats blaming Moscow and Beijing for blocking tougher measures, such as the ban. United Nations armament.