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5 dead as Myanmar security forces ram car into Yangon protest

 International Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 08:47 PM, 5 December 2021  

5 dead as Myanmar security forces ram car into Yangon protest

5 dead as Myanmar security forces ram car into Yangon protest

Five people died when members of Myanmar's security forces rammed a car into an anti-coup protest on Sunday morning in Yangon.

Witnesses told Reuters that dozens more people were injured, and local news portal Myanmar Now reported that 15 were arrested.

Photos and videos on social media showed the vehicle that crashed through the protesters, and bodies lying on the road.

The flash-mob protest was rammed by the car minutes after it started, witnesses said.

“I got hit and fell down in front of a lorry. A soldier beat me with his rifle but I defended and pushed him back," a protester, who asked not to be identified, told Reuters.

"Then he immediately shot at me as I ran away in a zigzag pattern. Fortunately, I escaped.”

The car driven by soldiers hit the crowd from the back, two witnesses said, and followed the scattered protesters, arresting and beating them.

Some demonstrators suffered serious head wounds. Others were left unconscious, according to the witnesses.

A spokesman for the junta did not answer calls seeking comment on Sunday.

Another demonstration was later held in Yangon, the country's biggest city, despite the morning violence.

Protests against the country's military are continuing despite the deaths of more than 1,300 people since the February 1 coup. The scattered protests are often staged by small groups opposed to the overthrow of an elected government led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

The opposition's shadow government said it was heart-broken to see peaceful protesters killed and injured.

“We will strongly respond to the terrorist military who brutally, inhumanly killed the unarmed peaceful protesters,” the National Unity Government's defence ministry said after Sunday's attack.

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