Police in riot gear stormed a rally in Mandalay, Myanmar’s second-largest city, on Friday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck.
“Two were killed and at least 20 were injured,” said Ko Aung, leader of the city’s voluntary emergency services, Parahita Darhi, according to Reuters.
On Saturday, anti-coup protesters took to the streets in several Myanmar cities to demand the end of military rule and the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and others. Poets and transport workers, including members of various ethnic minorities, also joined the protests.
Mandalay police firing tear gas and the protesters responded by throwing catapult. However, police did not fire fresh shots or use rubber bullets, it was not immediately clear, Reuters reported.
One person died of a head injury, according to media personnel and an emergency services department in Mandalay, including Lin Khang, an assistant editor at the Mandalay Voice of Myanmar.
A volunteer doctor confirmed that two people had died at the scene.
“One person was shot in the head and died on the spot,” he said. Another died after being shot in the chest. ”
Police were not immediately available for comment.
There are no signs that protests against the military coup to overthrow the democratically elected government in Myanmar have stopped. Protesters cannot believe the army’s promise to hand over power to the winner by holding new elections.
On February 9, a young woman was shot dead as police dispersed a group of protesters in the capital, Nay Pyi Taw. The young woman died on Friday after receiving a head injury. This is the first death in Myanmar’s anti-coup protests this year.
The Myanmar army has also confirmed the death of a policeman who was seriously injured in violence centered on anti-coup protests.
Myanmar has been under military rule for almost half a century. Although there was regular bloodshed in the anti-junta protests of that time, this time it is not so much. However, the peaceful protests of the protesters and the lawlessness movement have brought the military junta, which seized power on February 1, into disarray.