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Saturday, April 17, 2021

Police Protest Crackdowns Intensify in Myanmar, One Woman Dead

Myanmar security forces have reportedly conducted a violent crackdown against pro-democracy protesters across the country which left one woman dead and several injured including children.

According to local media outlets, a woman was reportedly shot and killed by state security forces in the central town of Monwya.

Several people were also reportedly injured and detained in Hledan and Myinigone, central Yangon where large demonstrations were being held.

Various footage from social media has shown security forces in different towns charging demonstrators before beating them with truncheons and arresting them.

There were also unconfirmed videos showing security forces armed with shotguns firing rubber bullets into scores of people while more shots could be heard in the background.

Pictures were also shared by media outlets showing protesters clad in makeshift protective gear, security forces pointing guns at medics, and even children allegedly injured by the crackdowns.

According to eyewitness reports from Reuters and Myanmar Now, two media personnel were arrested in the crackdowns.

The Myanmar police have not yet disclosed if there was indeed a fatality in today’s protest or how many were arrested and detained.

According to Junta leader, General Min Aung Hlaing authorities were using minimal force against the protesters despite the three verified deaths so far.

Myanmar’s ambassador to the United Nations Kyaw Moe Tun appealed to the general assembly that the UN should use “any means necessary to take action against the Myanmar military and to provide safety and security for the people of Myanmar.”

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