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Protests in Burma leave at least 20 dead on Monday

One of the protesters killed in Rangoon during the crackdown on protests against the coup in Burma.

One of the protesters killed in Rangoon during the crackdown on protests against the coup in Burma.

At least 20 people have died this Monday for actions by the security forces against the protesters protesting against the military coup last February 1 in Burma. Five of the victims have died during the mobilizations in Mandalay, while three have died during the night and in the early hours of the morning in Rangoon, the economic capital of the country, and two more have lost their lives during the afternoon in this same city. according to the newspaper ‘Frontier’.

In Mandalay they have also been counted about 50 injured for the intervention of the Police against peaceful protesters, according to figures collected by the Association of Assistance to Political Prisoners of Burma (AAPP, for its acronym in English). The deceased are three men and two women who were shot with live ammunition in the Maha Aung Myay neighborhood, located between the city center and the Ayeyarwady River, reports ‘Frontier’.

Two other civilians have died in the town of Aunglan, Magwe region, where they have also been injured six people, and in Aungpan, Shan State, another fatality has been recorded.

Two civilians have died in the Bago region, including a motorcycle driver who refused to stop when asked by the security forces, who fired at him, killing him.

Three more people have died and ten are injured as a consequence of Police shooting at protesters rallies to protest against the dictatorship and summoned by teachers, health personnel, students and monks in Rangoon. Two other protesters have died during the crackdown on demonstrations in the afternoon.

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Protests continue

The protests continue despite the announcement on Sunday that martial law would be imposed in various neighborhoods of Rangoon, after the serious riots on Sunday, in which at least 38 people died, according to the AAPP, although the Myanmar Now portal raises the dead to 59, citing hospital sources.

This Monday the country woke up with Internet service cuts in much of Burma, while in other areas the connection was intermittent, such as Rangoon. Internet shutdown by military authorities is common at night, but this is the first time it has been done during the day. These figures come after Sunday became the most violent day since the coup, with a balance of 74 fatalities, as recorded by the AAPP.

At least 183 people have died due to the repression of protests against the coup and there are more than 2,175 detainees, according to the balance published on Sunday by the AAPP. Among those detained is the country’s ‘de facto leader’, Aung San Suu Kyi, who was democratically elected and now detained. There was a court hearing against Suu Kyi scheduled for Monday, but it has been suspended due to the internet outage. The figures offered by the AAPP indicate that this Monday about 100 protesters have been arrested throughout the country, although officially they have only received the arrest documents of 19 people.

Meanwhile, the UN special envoy for Burma, Christine Schraner Burgener, has called for support for pro-democracy demonstrations and revealed that she has received “heartbreaking accounts of murders and mistreatment of protesters and torture of detainees over the weekend.” . “The brutality even against medical personnel and the destruction of public infrastructure seriously affects the prospects for peace and stability,” he argued.

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For his part, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Burma, Tom Andrews, posted on Twitter that he was “devastated and outraged by the news about the death of the largest number of protesters at the hands of Burmese security forces in a single day”. “The leaders of the coup should not be in power, but behind bars. Their monetary support and their supply of weapons should stop immediately. I appeal to the members of the UN and heed my call to act,” he encouraged.

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