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Myanmar: At Least 38 Dead As Forces Shoot Life-rounds On Protesters

Military Security Forces in Myanmar on Wednesday, were reported to have shot and killed at least Thirty-eight people, even as the authorities extended their crackdown on protests against the coup of last early February, 2021.

A doctor told the AFP news agency that one protester was shot in the chest in Mandalay while another, a 19-year-old woman, was shot in her head.

The Frontier Magazine also reported the killing, saying police first used tear gas and rubber bullets at a crowd numbering in the thousands in Mandalay. They opened fire later when the crowd regrouped at the same place and resumed their sit-in protest, the publication said.

Myanmar has been in chaos since February 1, when the military seized power in a coup and detained much of the country’s civilian leadership, including leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

The military justified the takeover with claims of fraud in the November 2020 election that returned Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) to power. The power grab has triggered widespread international condemnation as well as nationwide demonstrations demanding a return to civilian rule.

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