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Re­ports: Myan­mar anti-coup pro­test­ers killed by riot po­lice

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MAN­DALAY, Myan­mar — Two anti-coup pro­test­ers were shot dead by riot po­lice who fired live rounds Satur­day in Man­dalay, Myan­mar’s sec­ond-largest city, lo­cal media re­ported.

One of the vic­tims was shot in the head and died at the scene, ac­cord­ing to Fron­tier Myan­mar, a news and busi­ness mag­a­zine based in Yangon, the coun­try’s largest city. An­other was shot in the chest and died en route to the hos­pi­tal.

Sev­eral other se­ri­ous in­juries were also re­ported. The shoot­ings oc­curred near Man­dalay’s Yadan­abon dock, where tear gas and rub­ber bul­lets were used on pro­test­ers ear­lier in the day.

The Ir­rawaddy news web­site also con­firmed the deaths on so­cial media.

Se­cu­rity forces had been in­creas­ing their pres­sure against anti-coup pro­test­ers ear­lier Satur­day, us­ing wa­ter can­nons, tear gas, sling­shots and rub­ber bul­lets against demon­stra­tors and strik­ing dock work­ers

At least five people were in­jured by rub­ber bul­lets and had to be car­ried away in am­bu­lances, ac­cord­ing to an As­so­ci­ated Press jour­nal­ist who wit­nessed the vi­o­lence.

Some 500 po­lice and sol­diers de­scended on the area near Yadan­abon dock af­ter dock work­ers joined the na­tional civil dis­obe­di­ence move­ment, re­fus­ing to work un­til the mil­i­tary junta that seized power in a Feb. 1 coup re­in­states the demo­crat­i­cally elected government.

Pro­test­ers and res­i­dents were forced to flee the neigh­bor­hood amid the vi­o­lence, as se­cu­rity forces chased af­ter them.

Ear­lier in the week in Man­dalay, se­cu­rity forces cracked down on state rail­way work­ers in a sim­i­lar fash­ion af­ter they joined the civil dis­obe­di­ence move­ment.

Less than an hour af­ter the 8 p.m. cur­few started on Wed­nes­day, gun­shots were heard as more than two dozen po­lice of­fi­cers with shields and hel­mets marched past rail­way work­ers’ hous­ing. Nu­mer­ous videos posted on so­cial media showed muz­zle flashes as shots were heard, and some po­lice shot sling­shots and threw rocks at the build­ings.

Also Satur­day, anti-coup pro­test­ers in Myan­mar’s two largest cities paid trib­ute to a young wo­man who died a day ear­lier af­ter be­ing shot by po­lice dur­ing a rally against the mil­i­tary takeover.

An im­promptu me­mo­rial cre­ated un­der an el­e­vated road­way in Yangon at­tracted around 1,000 pro­test­ers. A wreath of yel­low flow­ers was hung be­neath a pho­to­graph of Mya Th­wet Th­wet Khine, who was shot in the cap­i­tal, Naypy­itaw, on Feb. 9, two days be­fore her 20th birth­day.

Her death on Fri­day, an­nounced by her fam­ily, was the first con­firmed fa­tal­ity among thou­sands of pro­test­ers who have faced off against se­cu­rity forces since top mil­i­tary com­man­der Min Aung Hlaing took power in the

U.S. State De­part­ment spokesper­son Ned Price on Fri­day re­it­er­ated calls on the mil­i­tary to re­frain from vi­o­lence against peace­ful

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 ?? AP ?? People rinse their faces af­ter tear gas was used to dis­perse a protest Satur­day in Man­dalay, Myan­mar. Se­cu­rity forces also used sling­shots and rub­ber bul­lets against demon­stra­tors.
AP People rinse their faces af­ter tear gas was used to dis­perse a protest Satur­day in Man­dalay, Myan­mar. Se­cu­rity forces also used sling­shots and rub­ber bul­lets against demon­stra­tors.

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