- At least 18 people killed, UN said
- Protesters flee from a stunning grenade
- Human rights groups condemn the escalation of lethal force
- Hundreds of people arrested during the crackdown on Saturday
Myanmar police shot protesters across the country on Sunday. Also the bloodiest day in weeks of anti-military coup protests, killing at least 18 people. The UN human rights bureau said in a briefing.
Police came early and opened fire in various parts of the biggest city of Yangon after grenades, tear gas and aerial fire failed to destroy the crowd. The army also strengthens the police.
Some of the injured pulled by other demonstrators, leaving bloodstains on the pavement, media images showed. A man died after being rushed to hospital with a bullet to the chest, said a doctor.
“The police and military faced peaceful demonstrations, with lethal and less lethal violence. According to reliable information from the UN Human Rights Office, at least 18 people killed. Also more than 30 injured on bloodiest day.” .
Myanmar has in turmoil since the military took power and arrested PM Aung San Suu Kyi and much of her party leadership on February 1. She claimed it was a November election scam in which her party won hands down.
The coup, which halted the first steps towards democracy after nearly 50 years of military rule, drew hundreds of thousands of people to the streets and condemned Western countries.
Which and Where casualities were happened?
Among the at least five people killed in Yangon was computer engineer Nyi Nyi Aung Htet Naing, who posted on Facebook the day before about his concerns about the escalation of the persecution.
Teacher Tin New Yee died after police stormed the teacher’s protest with a stunning grenade and sent the crowd to flee, her daughter and a fellow teacher said.
Police also threw a stunning grenade at a medical school in Yangon and sent doctors and students in white lab coats to disperse. A group called the Whitecoat Medical Alliance said more than 50 medical workers had been arrested.
Three people were killed on Dawei South, politician Kyaw Min Htike told media from the city. Two people died in the second city of Mandalay, a Myanmar resident reported. A Sai Tun resident told media that a woman had shot in the head.
Police and spokesmen for the ruling military council did not respond to comments.
“Police broke up protests in other cities. Lashio in the northeast of Myeik in the far south and Hpa Ann in the east”, residents and media said.