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5 dead in Myanmar as crackdown continues; death toll mounts to 550

5 dead in Myanmar as crackdown continues; death toll mounts to 550
Protesters gather behind a barricade during a protest, in Monywa, on April 3. (Reuters)
NAY PYI TAW, APR 3 (IANS) | Publish Date: 4/3/2021 12:45:22 PM IST

Five people were killed across Myanmar on Saturday as the military continues to crack down on the ongoing protests against the February 1 coup.

Three people died when the armed forces suppressed a protest in Monywa, in the Sagaing region on Saturday morning, dpa news agency quoted Myanmar Now website as saying in a report.

One protester was shot dead and 10 were arrested in Thahtone, Mon state, according to Bago Weekly Journal Online Page. Soldiers took the body, it added. An 18-year-old who was passing by was also shot and killed although he had not been protesting, the newspaper wrote.

Despite the threat of violence, people throughout the country turned out to oppose the military takeover, including in Mandalay, Mon and Kayah states and in the Sagaing and Tanintharyi regions. Since the coup, at least 550 people have been killed, including 46 children, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), a non-profit organization.

Currently, 2,751 people have been detained, and 126 arrest warrants issued.

Meanwhile, more than 12,000 people fled their villages following military air strikes targeting Mutraw District and Kler Htoo District between March 27 and March 30, Karen National Union, one of the strongest ethnic armed organisations in Myanmar, said on Friday. The group warned that this had led to a “major humanitarian crisis”.

The group urged the international community to stop selling “all explosive weaponry large and small, any advanced technology that is used to propagate war and jet fighters” to the armed forces.

It also called for “strong and effective sanctions against the military coup”.

 

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