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U.S. condemns deadly shootings of two protesters in Myanmar

Protesters took to the streets of Yangon to protest in opposition to the army coup and demanded the discharge of Aung San Suu Kyi.

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The U.S. Embassy in Myanmar on Saturday launched an announcement condemning the deadly 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 appropriate to dissent,” the embassy acknowledged in a Twitter submit. “We’re deeply troubled by the deadly capturing 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 in opposition to the individuals of Myanmar.”

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

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 in opposition to the army junta that seized energy in a Feb. 1 coup.

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

No less than 5 individuals have been injured by rubber bullets and needed to be carried away in ambulances, in keeping with an Related Press journalist on the scene.

British Overseas Minister Dominic Raab condemned the capturing of peaceable protestors in Myanmar: “We are going to take into account additional motion, with our worldwide companions, in opposition to these crushing democracy & choking dissent,” he stated in a Tweet.

The 2 fatalities and extra critical 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 assist 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.

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

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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 sporting.

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

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

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On Feb. 10, President Joe Biden imposed sanctions on army 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 throughout the U.S. that Myanmar’s army leaders have entry to.

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

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

— The Related Press and Reuters contributed to this report

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