Security Forces in Myanmar Reportedly Killed Eight Protesters

Security forces in Myanmar opened fire at anti-coup protesters on May 2, killing eight people, according to local media.

Local media reported that the military has killed eight people in several towns and cities across Myanmar during some of the largest anti-coup protests in days.

According to Mizzima News, security forces opened fire at protesters during demonstrations in the city of Mandalay, killing two.

Security forces also killed two people from the central town of Wetlet in the northwestern Sagaing Region, Myanmar Now reported.

The military also killed one person in Hpakant Town in the northern Kachin State, according to a local news group and the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP).

The military killed three more in the Hsipaw Town, Nawngcho Town, and Kutkai Town in Shan State, local media and AAPP reported.

Local media in Shan State also reported an explosion outside the residence of a prominent businessman.

State-run media also reported explosions in Yangon, the largest city in the Southeast Asian country, with handmade bombs discovered around government buildings and public roads.

There have been no claims of responsibility for the blasts.

According to AAPP, the military has killed 765 people and arrested 3,555 since the coup began last Feb. 1.

The deadly incidents took place during what has been called as the “Global Myanmar Spring Revolution Day” as Burmese communities from around the world gathered to protest against the military rule.

“Shake the world with the voice of Myanmar people’s unity,” the organizers of the protests said in a statement.

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