8 killed as Myanmar security forces fire on ‘spring revolution’
Published: 01:05 PM, 3 May 2021
At least eight people were killed in the security forces firing during anti-junta protests in Myanmar. The killed protesters took part in peaceful protests against the military coup and demanding the transfer of power to a democratic government.
The incident took place on Sunday when the security forces opened fire on protesters in several major cities across the country, Reuters reported.
It is learned that ordinary people in large and small cities across Myanmar took part in anti-coup protests calling for “The Global Myanmar Spring Revolution” on Sunday. Protests have also taken place outside Myanmar after Pope Francis called for peace.
According to Al Jazeera, citing the news agency Mizzima, two people had been shot dead in Mandalay, Myanmar’s second-largest city.
On the other hand, media-outlet Myanmar Now reported that three people were shot dead in the town of Wetlet. The country’s military has also killed two more people in two separate towns in the northeastern Shan province.
One person was also killed in the northern city of Hpakan, reported Kachin News Group.
Reuters, however, could not confirm the death toll. Reuters also tried to contact a junta government spokesman to find out, but he did not receive a call.
Myanmar’s military seized power in a bloodless coup on February 1, accusing it of rigging the election and overthrowing the ruling democratic government. Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader Suu Kyi and several members of her party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), were captured during the uprising, led by the country’s army chief Min Aung Hlaing. Among them are several ministers, provincial chief ministers and members of parliament in Suu Kyi’s Cabinet.