Two dead as Myanmar police fire at protesters...

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Two dead as Myanmar police fire at protesters

 International Desk

 Published: 01:45 PM, 28 February 2021  

Photo: Collected

Photo: Collected

Myanmar police opened fire on Sunday on protests against military rule, killing at least two people and wounding several on the second day of a crackdown on demonstrations across the country, a doctor and a politician said. - Reports Reuters

The country has been in chaos since the army seized power and detained elected government leader Aung San Suu Kyi and much of her party leadership on February 1, alleging fraud in a November election her party won in a landslide.

The coup, which brought a halt to Myanmar’s tentative steps towards democracy after nearly 50 years of military rule, has drawn hundreds of thousands onto the streets and the condemnation of Western countries. 

Police opened fire in different parts of the main city of Yangon after stun grenades and tear gas failed to disperse crowds. 

One man was brought to a hospital with a bullet wound in the chest and died, said a doctor at the hospital who asked not to be identified. 

Police also opened fire in the southern town of Dawei, killing one and wounding several, politician Kyaw Min Htike told Reuters from the town. The Dawei Watch media outlet reported that three people had been killed there.

Police and the spokesman for the ruling military council did not respond to phone calls seeking comment.

Police were also cracking down on a huge protest in the second city of Mandalay, the northeastern town of Lashio and the central town of Bago, residents and media reported.

Junta leader General Min Aung Hlaing said last week authorities were using minimal force to deal with the protests.

Nevertheless, at least five protesters have died in the turmoil. The army said a policeman has been killed. 

The crackdown would appear to show a determination by the military to impose its authority in the face of widespread defiance, not just on the streets but more broadly in areas such as the civil service, municipal administration, the judiciary, education and health sectors and media.