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As a minimum 18 protesters killed in Myanmar in worst violence since coup

(Reuters) – Myanmar police fired on protesters around the nation on Sunday and no longer no longer up to 18 other folks had been killed within the worst violence since a Feb. 1 navy coup, the United Countries said, calling on the worldwide community to act to cease the repression.

Crowds of demonstrators came underneath fire in a bunch of aspects of the largest city of Yangon after stun grenades, plug gas and photos within the air didn’t interrupt up their protests.

All around the nation, protesters carrying plastic work helmets and with makeshift shields faced off towards police and squaddies in wrestle instruments, including some from objects notorious for tense crackdowns on ethnic rebellion groups in Myanmar’s border regions.

“Extreme action will most likely be inevitably taken” towards “riotous protesters”, the verbalize-inch World Novel Light Of Myanmar said. The military had beforehand shown restraint, nevertheless would possibly no longer ignore “anarchic mobs”.

Several wounded other folks had been hauled away in Yangon by fellow protesters, leaving bloody smears on pavements, media photos showed. One man died after arriving at a health center with a bullet within the chest, said a doctor who asked no longer to be identified.

“Police and navy forces comprise confronted peaceful demonstrations, the divulge of deadly pressure and no more-than-deadly pressure that – in step with credible files got by the UN Human Rights Blueprint of job – has left no longer no longer up to 18 other folks slow and over 30 wounded,” the U.N. human rights office said.

Myanmar has been in chaos since the military seized vitality and detained elected govt chief Aung San Suu Kyi and loads more and various her event leadership on Feb. 1, alleging fraud in a November election her event won in a landslide.

The coup, which introduced a cease to tentative steps towards democracy after almost about 50 years of navy rule, has drawn tons of of hundreds onto the streets and the condemnation of Western countries.

Among no longer no longer up to 5 killed in Yangon used to be cyber net network engineer Nyi Nyi Aung Htet Naing, medics said. A day earlier he had asked on Fb what number of slow bodies it would possibly most likely maybe resolve for the United Countries to resolve action.

U.N. Secretary-Frequent Antonio Guterres known as on its members to full more.

“The Secretary-Frequent urges the worldwide community to return collectively and send a transparent signal to the navy that it must respect the desire of the individuals of Myanmar as expressed by the election and prevent the repression,” U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.

Teacher Tin Novel Yee died after police swooped to disperse a lecturers’ bellow with stun grenades, sending the crowd fleeing, her daughter and a fellow trainer said.

Out of doors a Yangon medical school, doctors and students in white lab coats scattered after police hurled stun grenades. A team known as the Whitecoat Alliance of medics said higher than 50 medical workers had been arrested.

Three other folks had been killed at Dawei within the south, politician Kyaw Min Htike suggested Reuters from the city. Two died within the 2nd city of Mandalay, Myanmar Now media and a resident said. Resident Sai Tun suggested Reuters one lady used to be shot within the head.

Police and the spokesman for the ruling navy council did no longer answer to phone calls attempting for observation.

Police broke up protests in diversified towns, including Lashio within the northeast, Myeik within the deep south and Hpa-An within the east, residents and media said.

‘OUTRAGEOUS’

Junta chief Frequent Min Aung Hlaing said final week authorities had been the divulge of minimal pressure.

Alternatively, no longer no longer up to 21 protesters comprise now died within the turmoil. The military said a policeman had been killed.

Defiance of the coup has emerged no longer appropriate on the streets nevertheless more broadly within the civil service, municipal administration, the judiciary, the schooling and effectively being sectors and the media.

Activists all over Asia held protests in enhance, with the rallying bawl “Milk Tea Alliance” which first united pro-democracy activists in Thailand and Hong Kong.

Thunder-inch MRTV television said higher than 470 other folks had been arrested on Saturday. It used to be no longer sure what number of had been detained on Sunday.

“We are heartbroken to perceive the shortcoming of so many lives in Myanmar,” the U.S. embassy said. The Canadian Embassy said it used to be appalled. Indonesia, which has taken a diplomatic lead contained within the Association of Southeast Asian Countries (ASEAN) on the disaster, expressed deep scenario.

Formative years activist Esther Ze Naw said other folks had been battling the worry that they had lived with underneath navy rule.

While some Western countries comprise imposed restricted sanctions, the generals comprise historically shrugged off diplomatic strain. They comprise promised to withhold a brand new election nevertheless no longer situation a date.

Suu Kyi’s event and supporters said the tip result of the November vote should always be respected.

Suu Kyi, 75, who spent almost about 15 years underneath house arrest, faces prices of illegally importing six walkie-talkie radios and of violating a pure be troubled regulations by breaching coronavirus protocols. The next listening to in her case is on Monday.

(Reporting by Reuters Workers; extra reporting by Michelle Nichols; writing by Robert Birsel, Matthew Tostevin and Philippa Fletcher; modifying by Jane Merriman)

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