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Friday, April 16, 2021

Myanmar Security Forces Kill at Least 8 Protesters

The violent crackdown of the Myanmar military has killed at least eight people on Wednesday, as a Chinese factory was set ablaze in Yangon, according to local media. 

The military opened fire at a protest camp in Kalay in Sagaing region early Wednesday which killed at least eight and injured 20 others, Myanmar Now reported. 

The troops attacked the camp with machine guns and grenades, a local told Myanmar Now.

“[The armed forces] intensified the attack at around 5:45am… The troops blocked all the directions through which locals could send help to the stronghold. So people from other villages couldn’t come to help defend [the Tarhan camp] from the attack,” according to another local. 

Small blasts were also heard as a Chinese-owned factory was set ablaze in Yangon but no injuries were reported, according to the fire department. 

Rights group Assistance Association for Political Prisoners said that the death toll under the military’s crackdown is now at 581 as of Tuesday, while 2, 750 are now detained. 

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