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Myanmar security forces open fire on protest from medical personnel: report

Opponents of a February coup overthrowing an elected government led by Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi continue their campaign with a series of actions and processions during military and post-traditional New Years.

Reuters | Posted by Harshit Sabarwal

Published on APR 15, 2021 11:03 AM IST



(Reuters) – Myanmar security forces opened fire on the anti-democratic demonstrations of medical personnel in Mandalay city on Thursday, causing some casualties.

Opponents of a February coup overthrowing an elected government led by Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi continue their campaign with a series of actions and processions during military and post-traditional New Years.

The Mizima news agency said medical personnel, some of whom have been at the forefront of the campaign against the coup, gathered early in another town in Mandalay, but the army managed to control the fire to disperse them.

The agency said it did not contain details of casualties or arrests. The BBC’s Burmese-language service also reported protests from medical personnel.

A spokesperson for Juna could not be reached for comment.

The coup has put Myanmar in crisis after 10 years of temporary steps towards democracy, along with security and rescue operations, including attacks by workers in several sectors, which have brought the economy to a standstill.

The five-day New Year holiday known as Thingyan began on Tuesday, but pro-democracy activists canceled the general celebration to focus on the opposition of generals seizing power.

The military says protests are declining.

The support group for political prisoners, an activist group, says 715 protesters have been killed by security forces since ousting Suu Kyi’s government.

The United Nations Human Rights Office said on Tuesday that it feared a military conflict in Syria over the growing protests in the civil conflict.

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