At least 39 reported killed in Myanmar in bloodiest day since start of military coup

Myanmar activists deliberate extra anti-coup rallies on Monday (Mar 15), a day after at least 39 individuals had been killed in clashes with safety forces in the industrial hub of Yangon the place Chinese-financed factories had been torched.

Security forces killed at least 22 pro-democracy protesters in the Hlaingthaya suburb of Yangon on Sunday, an advocacy group mentioned.

An extra 16 protesters had been killed in different locations, the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) mentioned, in addition to one policeman, making it the bloodiest day since the Feb 1 coup towards elected chief Aung San Suu Kyi.

Martial law was imposed in Hlaingthaya and in the Shwepyitha districts of Yangon, state media introduced.

The Chinese embassy mentioned many Chinese employees had been injured and trapped in arson assaults by unidentified assailants on garment factories in Hlaingthaya, and that it had known as on Myanmar to guard Chinese property and residents. China is considered as being supportive of the military junta that has taken energy.

READ: Chinese workers injured in Myanmar factory attacks, China’s embassy says

As plumes of smoke rose from the commercial space, safety forces opened hearth on protesters in the suburb that’s residence to migrants from throughout the nation, native media mentioned.

“It was horrible. People were shot before my eyes. It will never leave my memory,” mentioned one photojournalist on the scene who didn’t wish to be named.

Army-run Myawadday tv mentioned safety forces acted after 4 garment factories and a fertiliser plant had been set ablaze and about 2,000 individuals had stopped hearth engines from reaching them.

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People flash a three-finger salute as they participate in an anti-coup protest at Hledan junction in Yangon, Myanmar, Mar 14, 2021. (Photo: REUTERS/Stringer)

Protests had been deliberate for Monday in the nation’s second metropolis of Mandalay, activist Myat Thu mentioned, whereas residents in Yangon mentioned demonstrations had been deliberate in two areas of the town. Violence additionally broke out in different elements of Yangon as protests ran late into Sunday evening.

“Three people died in my arms. We rescued about 20 injured people last night,” mentioned Zizawah, 32, a resident and protester in the Thingyunkyun district of Yangon.

Another resident, May Myat Noe, 21, mentioned there have been three fatalities and scores of individuals had been injured in the South Dagon district after they got here out to protest.

“They used machine guns and were constantly firing at the people,” she mentioned.

A junta spokesman didn’t reply calls requesting remark.

READ: Myanmar’s UN ambassador urges stronger international response, vows to continue to ‘fight back’ against the junta

Dr Sasa, a consultant of elected lawmakers from the meeting that was ousted by the military, voiced solidarity with the individuals of Hlaingthaya.

“The perpetrators, attackers, enemies of the people of Myanmar, the evil SAC (State Administrative Council) will be held accountable for every drop of blood that shed,” he mentioned in a message.

The newest deaths would carry the toll from the protests to 126, the AAPP mentioned. It mentioned greater than 2,150 individuals had been detained by Saturday. More than 300 have since been launched.

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Security forces stand guard throughout an indication by protesters towards the military coup in Yangon on Mar 14, 2021. (Photo: AFP/STR)


Tom Andrews, the United Nations human rights investigator on Myanmar, appealed for United Nations member states to chop the provision of money and weapons to the military.

“Heartbroken/outraged at news of the largest number of protesters murdered by Myanmar security forces in a single day. Junta leaders don’t belong in power, they belong behind bars,” he mentioned on Twitter.

China’s embassy described the state of affairs as “very severe” after the assaults on the Chinese-financed factories.

Marking the strongest feedback by China concerning the violence so far, it urged Myanmar authorities 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”.

READ: ‘Time for de-escalation’ in Myanmar, says Chinese envoy to UN

No group claimed duty for burning the factories.

Anti-Chinese sentiment has risen since the coup that plunged Myanmar into turmoil, with opponents of the military takeover noting Beijing’s muted criticism in comparison with Western condemnation.

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Protesters sit on a makeshift barricade erected to discourage safety forces throughout demonstrations towards the military coup in Yangon’s Hlaing Tharyar township on Mar 14, 2021. (Photo: AFP/Stringer)

Only two factories had been burnt for now, protest chief Ei Thinzar Maung posted on Facebook.

“If you want to do business in Myanmar stably, then respect Myanmar people,” she mentioned. “Fighting Hlaingthaya, we are proud of you!!”

An editorial in the Global Times, which is printed by the official newspaper of China’s ruling Communist Party, condemned what it described as “barbaric acts”.

“We strongly urge Myanmar side to stop this kind of crimes, punish the perpetrators and compensate Chinese factories for the losses,” it mentioned.

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The United Nations Special Envoy for Myanmar condemned what she termed the “ongoing brutality”.

Christine Schraner Burgener mentioned she had “personally heard from contacts in Myanmar heartbreaking accounts of killings, mistreatment of demonstrators and torture of prisoners over the weekend”.

The repression undermined the prospects for peace and stability, she mentioned, interesting to the worldwide group to help the individuals of Myanmar and their democratic aspirations.

Britain, Myanmar’s former colonial ruler, mentioned it was appalled by the safety forces’ use of lethal power towards harmless individuals in Hlaingthaya and elsewhere.

“We call for an immediate cessation of this violence and for the military regime to hand back power to those democratically elected by the people of Myanmar,” British Ambassador Dan Chugg mentioned.

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People participate in an anti-coup protest at Hledan junction in Yangon, Myanmar, Mar 14, 2021. (Photo: REUTERS/Stringer)

The military mentioned it took energy after its accusations of fraud in a Nov 8 election gained by Aung San Suu Kyi’s get together had been rejected by the electoral fee. It has promised to carry a brand new election, however has not set a date.

Aung San Suu Kyi has been detained since the coup and is because of return to court docket on Monday. She faces at least 4 costs, together with the unlawful use of walkie-talkie radios and infringing coronavirus protocols.

Away from Hlaingthaya, at least 16 deaths had been reported elsewhere in Myanmar, together with in Mandalay and Bago, the place state tv MRTV mentioned a police officer had died of a chest wound after a confrontation with protesters.

He is the second policeman reported useless in the protests.

The violence passed off a day after Mahn Win Khaing Than, who’s on the run together with most senior officers from Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy Party, mentioned the civilian authorities would give individuals the authorized proper to defend themselves. It introduced a regulation to that impact on Sunday.


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