At Least 8 More Protesters Were Killed in Myanmar as Pro-Democracy Demonstrations Continue

At least 8 more protesters have been killed by Burmese security forces as pro-democracy demonstrations continue.

Local media reported that six people were shot and killed with live ammo in Myaing, one in the North Dagon district of Yangon, and one in Mandalay.

“We protested peacefully. I couldn’t believe they did it,” said a witness in Myaing.

Reuters first photographed the Yangon casualty hiding behind a makeshift shield during an anti-coup protest.

Later photos circulated THROUGH social media showing the man dead on the ground with a bullet hole in his temple and his shield after allegedly getting shot with a suspected rifle caliber round.

“Many of the killings documented amount to extrajudicial executions,” said Amnesty International.

According to Amnesty, Burmese security forces have indiscriminately used lethal force against unarmed protesters based on their analysis of protest videos. 

“Footage clearly shows that Myanmar military troops – also known as the Tatmadaw – are increasingly armed with weapons that are only appropriate for the battlefield, not for policing actions,” said Amnesty.

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