Now Myanmar troops fire at funeral for student
Published: 12:00 PM, 29 March 2021
Relatives, family were broke in tears at a funeral for 13-year-old boy shot by military in Myanmar; Photo: Collected
Myanmar security forces opened fire at a funeral on Sunday as people across the country gathered to mourn 141 people killed the previous day in the worst crackdown on protests since last month’s military coup.
The shooting took place at a funeral service for student Thae Maung Maung, 20, in Bago near the commercial capital Yangon, however, no casualties were reported so far.
Locals told Reuters that the security forces shooting at them while they were singing the revolution song for the departed soul.
Meanwhile, 12 more people were shot dead on Sunday at different places in Myanmar, soaring the death toll to 459 since February 1 coup, informed Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), a Thai-based advocacy group.
Thousands of villagers in the country’s border area fled to Thailand after military airstrikes on “one of several ethnic militias” that have stepped up attacks since the coup, witnesses and local media said.
There were no reports of large-scale protests in Yangon or Mandalay on Sunday but people in Mandalay surrounded a police station in the evening, accusing the security forces of arson after five houses burned down, residents said.
The military seized control of the South East Asian country after an election which Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party won by a landslide