Security forces in Myanmar dramatically escalated their crackdown on demonstrations against last month’s coup, killing at least 34 protesters in several cities on Wednesday, according to accounts on social media and local news reports. Videos from Wednesday also showed security forces firing catapults at demonstrators, chasing them down and in one instance beating an ambulance crew. Their numbers have remained high even as security forces have repeatedly fired tear gas, rubber bullets and live rounds to disperse the crowds, and arrested protesters en masse. As part of the crackdown, security forces have also arrested hundreds of people at protests, including journalists. Expand Close Anti-coup protesters stand behind makeshift barricades made with bricks in Mandalay (AP) / FacebookTwitterEmailWhatsapp Anti-coup protesters stand behind makeshift barricades made with bricks in Mandalay (AP)On Saturday, at least eight journalists, including Thein Zaw of The Associated Press, were detained.
Source: Irish Independent March 03, 2021 21:11 UTC