U.S. condemns deadly shootings of protesters in Myanmar, calls on army to finish violence

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Anti-coup protesters maintain placards as they protest towards the army coup Saturday, February 20, 2021, in Yangon, Myanmar.

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The U.S. Embassy in Myanmar on Saturday launched a press release condemning the fatal police shootings of two anti-coup protestors in Mandalay, the nation’s second-largest metropolis, following weeks of demonstrations.

“Nobody ought to be harmed for exercising the proper to dissent,” the embassy acknowledged in a Twitter put up. “We’re deeply troubled by the deadly taking pictures of protestors in Mandalay, a day after the loss of life of Mya Thwe Thwe Khine in Nay Pyi Taw. The army should cease violence towards the individuals of Myanmar.”

One of many victims was shot within the head and died on the scene, in accordance with native reviews. One other was shot within the chest and died on the best way to the hospital. He was recognized by family members as Thet Naing Win, a 36-year-old carpenter, Reuters reports.

The shootings occurred close to Mandalay’s Yadanabon dock, the place roughly 500 police and troopers got here to the realm after dock employees joined the protest towards the army junta that seized energy in a Feb. 1 coup.

Safety forces used water cannons, tear fuel, slingshots and rubber bullets towards demonstrators and struck dock employees.

Image of Mya Thwe Thwe Khaing is displayed by anti-coup protesters close to Myaynigone junction Saturday, February 20, 2021, in Yangon, Myanmar.

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At the least 5 individuals have been injured by rubber bullets and needed to be carried away in ambulances, in accordance with an Related Press journalist on the scene.

British International Minister Dominic Raab condemned the taking pictures of peaceable protestors in Myanmar: “We’ll contemplate additional motion, with our worldwide companions, towards these crushing democracy & choking dissent,” he stated in a Tweet.

The 2 fatalities and extra severe accidents come a day after the loss of life of Mya Thwet Thwet Khine, who was shot within the capital, Naypyitaw, on Feb. 9 and spent greater than every week on life help within the hospital. Her loss of life Friday was the primary confirmed fatality amongst 1000’s of protestors demanding the restoration of the elected authorities and launch of lawmakers, together with Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint, who have been rounded up within the coup.

Video from the day she was shot present her sheltering from water cannons, when she dropped to the bottom after a bullet penetrated the bike helmet she was carrying.

A protester has her head bandaged after being crushed by safety forces throughout an illustration towards the army coup in Mandalay on February 20, 2021.

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U.S. State Division spokesperson Ned Value supplied his authorities’s condolences Friday and reiterated calls on the army to chorus from violence towards peaceable protesters.

On Feb. 10, President Joe Biden imposed sanctions on military leaders in Myanmar who directed the coup that deposed and detained its elected chief Suu Kyi and others. He introduced the federal government was working to freeze some $1 billion in property inside the U.S. that Myanmar’s army leaders have entry to.

A protester is led away after being detained by safety forces throughout an illustration towards the army coup in Mandalay on February 20, 2021.

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Biden stated Myanmar’s “army should relinquish the ability it seized” on Feb. 1 and launch its prisoners, and known as on the army to chorus from utilizing violence, because it has, towards protestors exercising their democratic rights to object to the coup.

The nationwide civil disobedience motion confirmed no indicators of slowing regardless of latest crackdowns by the army authorities.

— The Related Press and Reuters contributed to this report

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