Since February 1 military coup, on Sunday, the highest number of people was killed in Myanmar’s protest. Some videos also showed that the security forces were firing slingshots at demonstrators. It is also been estimated that the toll could even be higher.
Data of The People Who were Shot Dead
As violence escalated in Myanmar, many were killed in the protest. 18 protesters of Yangon died according to the list of the data analyst. In Mandalay, two demonstrators were killed. A doctor confirmed this to AFP, saying that one of the victims was 19 years old and was shot in the head. Another engineering student, Aung Myint Myat died after being shot in Salin. The security forces even deployed tear gas, rubber bullets, and live rounds against the protesters. A young man was gunned down. The coffin bearers were chanting, “We are united, yes we are…..Democracy is our cause.”
Six Journalists was Charged by the Junta
The Myanmar authorities have charged TheinZaw and five other journalists on Saturday as they covered an anti-coup demonstration in Yangon which could put them in prison for three years. A video showed that the junta was holding Thein in a chokehold and handcuffs. The AP Vice President, Ian Phillips said, “Independent journalists must be allowed to freely and safely report the news without fear of retribution.” More than 1,300 people were arrested on Sunday in Myanmar’s protest.
TPT Policy Advocacy & Recommendations
- Mounting arrests, killing protesters is not mean to end the protest. Indeed, it will increase the violence and the protest will be more outrageous.
- The junta must not use lethal forces against the protesters. To end the protest peacefully, they must give the people of Myanmar their proper rights.