On Wednesday at least 26 protestors were murdered by police and military forces in all of Myanmar, witnesses said, on the second bloodiest day in more than a month after the military coup deposed Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected government.
Thirteen people died in the North of Yangon’s Township of Okkalapa, six people died in Monywa and two in Mandalay. The police brutally beat civics in several areas with video footage from Citizen Journalists and CCTV cameras provided to RFA.
Over 50 people have been killed since February 1 because of violent and arbitrary attacks in Myanmar, according to the watchdog group Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma).
Many protesters and bystanders throughout the country suffered live ammunition, tear gas and beatings in the broadest possible light from security forces during crackdowns against anti-junta demonstrators in heavily populated Myanmar cities.
Various protests were staged in Yangon, the largest city in Myanmar, which killed at least 13 people in a brutal repression against demonstrators in the suburban city of North Okkalapa. In the township, five demonstrators were injured.
Witnesses have said that five protestors have been hit by rubber bullets, while 5 others have been arrested in protest in Yangon’s Sangyaung city.
Police broke the windows of some cars parked on the streets and not just arrested protesters but also the first-aid workers who were treating the wounded.
According to CCTV’s footage of RFA’s incident, police and soldiers set fire to tyres across the street from the protest site and viciously beat four volunteer doctors helping anti-government demonstrators.
The AAPP said in its dailies report on counter-coup protests, arrests and deaths: “The army and so-called police are enemies of peaceful protesters, terrorising and directing their guns to peoples face to face, chest, head, back and abdomen.
“The armed personnel deliberately directed random shots at the crowd of peaceful protests,” the group said. “They dragged fatalities and forcibly arressed injured, neglected medical care, violently beat and arrested people, randomly shot in homes for no reason, plundered and [burned] public property.”
Died on the spot
According to the Monwya Gazette, at least eight people were killed in police violence in Monywa, the largest city in northwest Myanmar’s Sagaing region.
“We were trying to rescue ten people, two men and two women killed by gunshots,” said Aung Nay Myo, a town social worker volunteer.
A 20-year-old young woman was shot in the forehead and a middle-aged woman was struck in the abdomen, he says. A 40-year-old man was shot in his face, a 20-year-old man was hit in his head.
“They all died at the spot,” Aung Nay Myo said.
During the crackdown, several others were injured, even if he said he did not have an exact number.
Myo Naing Lin (39) and Kyel Sin, an unknown woman, died of a weapon shot in Myanmar’s second-largest city, Mandalay, and some more were injured near 84th and 31st streets by the police and soldiers struck protestors, said residents.
In Myingyan, a city in the district of Mandalay, a 20-year-old man died when the police and soldiers shot him on the head, a volunteer medical officer said.
“A man was shot in the head, and a bystander was hit from the abdomen when the police shot him from a truck passing by,” said the doctor. “His condition is critical and in a nearby medical camp he is being treated.”
Residents reported later that a 21-year-old injured bystander died later that day. Over 20 people, they said, were wounded by the crackdown.
Testimonies have said that in the village of Irrawaddy River in Salin, Magway, a second-year engineering student was murdered by gunfire and three others wounded are critical.
They said the police and soldiers used tear gas, stun grenades, and live ammunition to disperse anti-junta protesters.
Local police said three police officers and one senior officer were injured by the shooting of pellets by protesters.
Almost 10 thousand people took part in protests in Myitkyina, the capital of Northern Burma’s Kachin state, with police and soldiers action five times to disperse them, protesters said.
Several motorcycles stood along nearby roads and several school teachers and protesters were arrested by the police, although there was no exact figure available.