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Saturday, April 17, 2021

Myanmar Records Bloodiest Protest Dispersal since Feb 1 Coup

Security forces in Myanmar have reportedly killed at least 7 protesters during Sunday’s protests, the highest fatality count so far since the start of the coup.

Aside from the deployment of water cannons and tear gas, gunfire from both shotguns firing rubber rounds and assault rifles were reported as well. 

Police officers started firing live rounds at around 5:30 PM local time and shared a photo of a man with a bullet wound in his leg.

Footage has shown several protesters lying on pools of blood after they were allegedly shot with live ammunition. 

There were also videos of police onboard vehicles shooting at groups of people as they drove by.

Rescue worker Pyae Zaw Hein said that three have died from bullet wounds in Dawei while 20 were injured by rubber ones. 

Local politician Kyaw Min Htike confirmed that protesters were indeed shot in Dawei but did not give further details.

A doctor in Yangon, who asked not to be identified said a protester was shot directly in the chest with live ammo and died. 

A female teacher also reportedly died of a suspected heart attack after police lobbed flashbangs at her while protesting with colleagues.

Ambulance driver Than Lwin Oo reported theat two teenagers were shot in in Bago, north of commercial capital Yangon.

Burmese Police and the Tatmadaw have not yet made any statements regarding the high number of casualties. 

Since the start of the coup, at least 10 demonstrators and one police officer have died so far while hundreds have been arrested and detained. 

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