Myanmar Coup Anniversary Protests Leave 2 Dead, 38 Injured

A security official said a grenade attack on crowds returning from a pro-military rally in the eastern Myanmar town of Tachileiktwo killed two people and injured 38, amid an anti-coup silent protest nationwide marking the first anniversary of the military coup in the country.

Local media also reported the incident, which allegedly happened around noon in eastern Shan State, but no group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet. 

According to reports, the junta’s information team released photos on Tuesday showing normalcy in the country, including competitors finishing a marathon in the southern Bago Region and a religious celebration.

Meanwhile, the nationwide silent strike kept the whole nation of over 54 million people out of sight for the day, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and ended with communal clapping marking the end of the silent strike against the coup.

“We were clapping,” one Mandalay resident said. “Other houses in my neighborhood clapped as well.”

The junta army arrested more than three dozen central Yangon residents who joined in the communal applause.

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