April 22, 2021

Myanmar Anti-Coup Protests Still Continue After ‘Bloodiest Day’ Since Military Intervention

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People attend the funeral of Kyal Sin, a 19-year-old student who was shot in the head as Myanmar forces opened fire to disperse an anti-coup demonstration, in Mandalay, Myanmar, Thursday, March 4

Demonstrations against Myanmar’s military junta took place across the country again Thursday in the wake of what the United Nations described as “the bloodiest day” since the February 1 coup.

Reuters reported that the security forces opened fire and hit protesters with tear gas to break up demonstrations in the main city of Yangon and the central town of Monywa.

Protests also took place in Mandalay, where mourners also gathered for the funeral of Kyal Sin, a 19-year-old student who was shot dead Wednesday during demonstrations in that city. Attendees held up pictures of Kyal Sin wearing a t-shirt with the phrase “Everything will be OK” written on the front.

Kyal Sin was among the at least 38 people the United Nations says were massacred across Myanmar during Wednesday’s protests, with witnesses saying security forces used live ammunition as well as rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse the crowds. Several people were reportedly injured, among them reporter Htet Aung Khant with VOA’s Burmese Service, who was hit by rubber bullets under his arm as he covered the protests.

“Today, it was the bloodiest day since the coup happened on the first of February,” Christine Schraner Burgener, the U.N. special envoy for Myanmar, told reporters in a video call from Switzerland.

Schraner Burgener said she was very disturbed by videos circulating of police shooting a protester at close range and another of police beating an unarmed medical crew who did not resist arrest.

“From the video clips, I asked some weapons experts to verify to me, it’s not clear, but it seems that the police used weapons like 9-millimeter submachine guns — live ammunition,” she added.

funeral of Kyal Sin
funeral of Kyal Sin

(Reuters/VOA)

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