Witnesses said that dozens of people were killed by the army in Bago, Myanmar. The military’s offensive was aimed at the barricades erected in the streets by the protesters. According to the protesters, the soldiers used heavy artillery, such as machine guns and grenade launchers. The army denied this.
The fighting in Bago, about 80 kilometers northeast of the Yangon metropolis, began on Friday and continued until Saturday morning. Reports on the number of victims differ greatly from what witnesses say: from at least ten people to more than sixty people died.
Witnesses say that the former democratic demonstrators have recovered three bodies Radio Free Asia. According to them, the soldiers transported the remaining bodies to a nearby pagoda and the ground of the school. The area has been blocked by the army.
The protesters fought back
The photo shows some protesters throwing fireworks at the security forces at the roadblock. It can also be seen whether it is used temporarily or by gunmen.
Until recently, the protests against the military coup on February 1st were mostly peaceful. The army has suppressed the protest movement for a month. The Associated Press reported that last week, some protesters now also took up arms.
Today, a coalition of armed groups in the north of the country attacked a police station. According to state media reports, at least ten security forces were killed in the process.
In Myanmar, many rebel groups have been fighting government forces for many years. This makes it difficult to distinguish whether the recent battle is related to the coup.
Yesterday, 19 people were sentenced to death on national television. This is the first public announcement of this ruling since the coup. As a result of the coup, martial law came into effect, and the military has judicial power.
This group of criminals was responsible for the murder of an associate of an officer. The man was said to have been killed in Yangon, the country’s largest city, at the end of March.
248 or 618 is dead?
The surveillance organization Political Prisoners Aid Association reported that 618 people have been killed by the army since February 1. According to reports, nearly 3,000 civilians were arrested or convicted for resisting the coup.
At yesterday’s press conference, the top military officials contradicted these figures. According to a spokesperson, the death toll was 248. According to the army, in addition to civilians, 16 officers were killed. In Myanmar, the dividing line between the army and the police is not as clear as in the Netherlands. The police there are also fully armed.
“The protest movement is declining”
The spokesperson of the military regime defended the army’s suppression. The military government read that protests are ongoing. The top military leader claimed that democratic elections could be held again in two years.
The UN ambassador of Myanmar called for punitive measures to be taken against the Myanmar regime. He is a fierce opponent of the coup d’etat and advocates a coup d’etat. No-fly zone In order to increase the pressure on the army, he was above the motherland.
It was announced this week that the Burmese ambassador to the UK has been turned away by its embassy in London. He opposed the military coup and said he had been replaced by others. The British government announced that it welcomes the man to stay in the country temporarily.