Burmese Security Forces Kill Two Protesters in Myitkyina, Occupy Schools and Hospitals Nationwide

Burmese security forces have reportedly killed two protesters Myitkyina while and forcibly occupied schools and hospitals in Yangon and Mandalay.

Photos circulating social media showed the bodies of two protesters lying on the street in the northern town of Myitkyina.

At least three more protesters were reported to he been injured with live ammo in the area after security forces have conducted dispersal operations. 

“How inhumane to kill unarmed civilians. We must have our right to protest peacefully,” a man who was at the scene told Reuters. 

In Yangon, shops, factories, and banks were closed by unions to protest against the rule of the military junta and to “reverse the coup.”

Aside from the closure of the businesses in the city, there was heavy military presence in the city after military personnel occupied universities and hospitals over the weekend. 

There were also reports that hospitals in Mandalay have been occupied as well which raised fears from activists that protesters who were wounded would possibly be arrested or denied medical attention. 

Mandalay Technological University staff members reported that they were asked if their facilities could be used as a base but when they refused, soldiers allegedly cleared the area by force and pointed firearms at them. 

“If it was not obvious before, it is absolutely clear now: the Myanmar military will not stop violating the rights of the people of Myanmar until the international community acts decisively to prevent and account for these outrageous acts,” said the international group Physicians for Human Rights.

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