At least two anti-coup protesters were killed after Myanmar police used live ammunition to disperse the crowd of demonstrators in Mandalay, the second-largest city in the country, local emergency workers said on Saturday.
According to the emergency responders, the police used live ammunition, water cannons, tear gas, slingshots and rubber bullets on the protesters and striking dockworkers earlier in the day.
Frontier Myanmar, a local news and business magazine, said the first demonstrator got killed at the scene after being shot in the head, while the second one was shot in the chest and died while getting transferred to a nearby hospital.
Reports from the ground claimed that about 20 people were injured during the violent confrontation between the demonstrators and the police.
“Twenty people were injured and two are dead,” Parahita Darhi volunteer emergency service agency’s leader Ko Aung said in a statement.
According to local media reports, about 500 police and military officers were deployed at Yadanarbon shipyard in Mandalay, on the Irrawaddy river.
Medical authorities confirmed the death of the two protesters. One of the doctors at the scene said that some of the demonstrators who got injured by the live rounds of the police were transferred to hospitals because they do not have enough medicine to treat them in the area of the incident.
“We transferred those who were seriously injured and in a critical condition to another place for intensive care, but we cannot reveal the place,” a medical aide to doctors said on condition of anonymity due to his fear of repercussions.
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