At least 7 killed as Myanmar forces continue crackdown on protesters

At least 7 killed as Myanmar forces continue crackdown on protesters
Riot police officers hold down a protester as they disperse protesters in Tharkata Township on the outskirts of Yangon, Saturday. (AP)
MANDALAY, MAR 13 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 3/13/2021 12:46:51 PM IST

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At least seven people were killed by security forces in Myanmar, witnesses and media reported, as activists marked the death anniversary on Saturday of a student whose killing in 1988 sparked an uprising against the military government.
Four deaths were reported in Mandalay, the country's second-biggest city, two in Pyay, a town in south-central Myanmar, and one in Twante, a suburb of Yangon, Myanmar's largest city.
Details of all seven deaths were posted on multiple social media accounts, some accompanied by photos of the victims.
The actual death toll is likely to be higher, as police apparently seized some bodies, and some of the wounded suffered grievous gunshot wounds that doctors and nurses working at makeshift clinics will be hard-pressed to treat. 
Many hospitals are occupied by security forces, and as a result are boycotted by medical personnel and shunned by protesters.
"The security forces initially stopped the ambulance from reaching the injured people and only allowed it later," a 23-year-old protester in Pyay told Reuters, asking not to be named for fear of retribution.
The deaths came as the leaders of the United States, India, Australia and Japan vowed to work together to restore democracy in the Southeast Asian nation.
Saturday's protests erupted after posters spread on social media urging people to mark the death anniversary of Phone Maw, who was shot and killed by security forces in 1988 inside what was then known as the Rangoon Institute of Technology campus. Unofficial but carefully compiled tallies put the total number of deaths since the coup at around 90.

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