Junta soldiers in Myanmar reportedly killed at least five people and injured at least three others after ramming a military truck through a crowd of anti-coup protesters in Yangon on Dec. 5.
Video footage showed a vehicle speeding past cars as it approached the protesters in the largest city in Myanmar at around 9 a.m. local time.
Local news agency Myanmar Now reported that the incident killed at least five people.
“The car accelerated and rammed into protesters. Four of five were thrown into the air,” a protest group member told the news agency.
The incident also injured three others, one of whom was in serious condition, according to reports.
Stare-run MRTV news confirmed that three people were injured, but did not mention the use of a vehicle to plow into the protesters.
MRTV news said it “took action” on protesters and arrested 11 people for “having a protest without asking for permission.”
Local news agency MPA said that it believed two of its reporters were among those arrested.
Witnesses also told the media that soldiers opened fire and beat up protesters afterwards.
“The soldiers jumped out of the car and started shooting,” a journalist who witnessed the incident told AFP News.
A protester told Myanmar Now that a soldier hit him with the butt of a rifle after the speeding vehicle knocked him down.
“I think they hit me to knock me unconscious so that they could continue arresting other protesters,” the protester said.
The United Nations (UN) condemned the incident as “completely unacceptable.”
“Those responsible for excessive and disproportionate use of force against unarmed civilians must be held to account,” UN Resident Coordinator in Myanmar Ramanathan Balakrishnan said in a statement.
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