Myanmar security forces kill at least 33 protesters: Reports

Myanmar security forces kill  at least 33 protesters: Reports
Protesters run as one of them discharges a fire extinguisher to counter the impact of tear gas fired by police in Yangon on Wednesday. (AP)
YANGON (MYANMAR), MAR 3 (AP) | Publish Date: 3/3/2021 12:20:33 PM IST

Myanmar security forces dramatically escalated their crackdown on protests against last month’s coup, killing at least 33 protesters Wednesday in several cities, according to accounts on social media and local news reports compiled by a data analyst.

That is highest daily death toll since the February 1 takeover, exceeding the 18 that the UN Human Rights Office said were killed on Sunday, and could galvanize the international community, which has responded fitfully thus far to the violence. Videos from Wednesday also showed security forces firing slingshots at demonstrators, chasing them down and even brutally beating an ambulance crew. 

The toll could even be higher; the Democratic Voice of Burma, an independent television and online news service, tallied 38 deaths.

Demonstrators have regularly flooded the streets of cities across the country since the military seized power and ousted the elected government of leader Aung San Suu Kyi. 

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. 

The Wednesday death toll was compiled by a data analyst who spoke on condition of anonymity.

He also collected information where he could on the victims’ names, ages, hometowns, and where and how they were killed. AP was unable to independently confirm most of the reported deaths, but several square with online postings. 

The data analyst, who is in Yangon, said he collected the information to honor those who were killed for their heroic resistance.


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