Myanmar: 80 Killed in Bago Military Coup Protests

Published April 11th, 2021 - 04:54 GMT
Protests held in the region of Bago against the Feb. 1 military coup.
This screengrab provided via AFPTV video footage taken on April 10, 2021 shows Lin Thant (an alias) wearing a mask next to a laptop where they are working on an underground newsletter to spread information in Yangon, amid internet outages as demonstrations continue against the military coup. AFPTV / AFP
Troops use assault rifles, heavy weaponry, explosives on protesters, UK-based Independent newspaper reports

At least 80 civilians in Myanmar lost their lives during protests held in the region of Bago against the Feb. 1 military coup in the country, according to media reports on Saturday.

Citing witnesses, the UK-based Independent newspaper said the military in the Ma Ga Dit district of Bago used assault rifles, heavy weaponry and explosives on the protesters.

Meanwhile, speaking to the Myanmar Now website, residents of Tamu, a township in the Sagaing region, said civilians attacked an army convoy, killing three soldiers.

Keren Khin, an activist, told Anadolu Agency, the military junta want to suppress the protesters by escalating violence.

Underlining that the army used heavy ammunition against the civilians, Khin said thousands of locals had abandoned their homes, with many more on the verge of doing the same.

Myanmar’s military seized power on Feb. 1, ousting the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi and ending the country’s brief experiment with democratic rule.

In response to the coup, civilian groups across the country launched a civil disobedience campaign with mass demonstrations and sit-ins.

This article has been adapted from its original source.

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