Sunday, March 14, 2021

Myanmar protests: Protesters killed in bloody Yangon crackdown - BBC News

Myanmar protests

At least 14 protesters have been killed in clashes in Myanmar's main city Yangon as politicians ousted by the military coup called for "revolution".

Security forces opened fire in the Yangon area of Hlaing Tharyar as protesters used sticks and knives.

The junta declared martial law in the area after Chinese businesses were attacked. Protesters believe China is giving support to the Burmese military.

Myanmar has been gripped by protests since the military coup on 1 February.

Military rulers have detained Aung San Suu Kyi, the country's civilian leader and head of the National League for Democracy (NLD) party.

The NLD won a landslide in last year's election but the military alleged there had been widespread fraud.


  1. China demands end to violence and looting of its factories in Myanmar as 39 reported killed in anti-coup protest

    1. At least 38 protesters and one police officer were killed in Myanmar on Sunday, with most casualties reported in the capital Yangon where demonstrators set Chinese-financed factories on fire, a local advocacy group said.

      The figures provided by the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) would make it the bloodiest day of the protests, which have engulfed Myanmar since a military coup on February 1.

      Demonstrators armed with sticks and knives faced off with police in Hlaingthaya, the industrial area of Yangon. The officers responded by firing shots at the crowd, which led to at least 22 people being killed, according to AAPP.

    2. Army-run broadcaster Myawadday insisted that the police resorted to lethal force after some 2,000 demonstrators set four garment factories and a fertilizer plant ablaze, while also preventing fire trucks from reaching them.

    3. China's embassy in Myanmar complained earlier that Beijing-owned factories in the Hlaingthaya district “were looted and destroyed” during the protests. “Many Chinese staff were injured and trapped,” it said in a Facebook post, describing the events as “very severe.”

      Chinese nationals have been warned about the risks they face in the country, the embassy added. It urged the authorities “to take effective measures to stop all acts of violence, punish the perpetrators in accordance with the law and ensure the safety of life and property of Chinese companies and personnel in Myanmar.”

      Anti-Chinese sentiment has been on the rise among demonstrators over what they see as a lack of condemnation of the coup from Beijing, especially compared to the West, part of which has already sanctioned the military government.


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