News – PH – Myanmar security forces kill at least 34 protesters, according to local reports


YANGON, MYANMAR – Myanmar security forces have dramatically escalated their crackdown on protests against last month’s coup, killing at least 34 protesters in several cities on Wednesday, according to reports on social media and local news by one Data analysts were compiled

That’s the highest daily death toll since the February 1 takeover, exceeding the 18 that the U.N The human rights bureau said they were killed on Sunday and could shake up the international community, which has so far reacted uneasily to the violence Wednesday’s videos also showed security forces firing slingshots at protesters, chasing them and even brutally beating a rescue team

The toll could even be higher; The Democratic Voice of Burma, an independent television and online news service, recorded 38 deaths
Protesters have regularly flooded the streets of cities across the country since the military took power and overthrew the elected government of leader Aung San Suu Kyi – their numbers have remained high, despite repeated tear gas, rubber bullets and live rounds from security forces fired to disperse the crowd and protesters arrested en masse

The mounting stalemate is unfortunately known in a country with a long history of peaceful resistance to military rule – and brutal raids – the coup reversed years of slow progress towards democracy in the Southeast Asian nation after five decades of military rule

The death toll on Wednesday was compiled by a data analyst who spoke on condition of anonymity because he feared for his safety. He also gathered information about where to go about the names, ages, hometowns of the victims and where and how they were killed

The Associated Press was unable to independently confirm most of the reported deaths, however several squares of online postings the data analyst in Yangon, the country’s largest city, said it collected the information to honor those who were killed for their heroic resistance

According to his list, the highest number of deaths were in Yangon, where the total was 18. Eight deaths were reported in downtown Monywa, where there were large crowds. Three deaths were reported in Mandalay, the second largest city in the country, and two in Salin, a town in the Magwe region, reported Mawlamyine in the southeast of the country and Myingyan and Kalay, both in central Myanmar, each had a single death

As part of the crackdown, security forces also arrested hundreds of people, including journalists. At least eight journalists were arrested Saturday, including Thein Zaw of The Associated Press, a video showed he avoided the way when police hit a street attacked protesters but was then confiscated by police officers who handcuffed him and briefly held him in a stranglehold before marching him away

He has been charged with violating a public safety law that could imprison him for up to three years

The escalation of action has led to increased diplomatic efforts to resolve the political crisis in Myanmar – but there seem to be few viable options It is not yet clear whether Wednesday’s rising death toll could change the dynamic

The UN The Security Council is expected to hold a closed session on the situation on Friday, the council diplomats said on condition of anonymity as they were not empowered to release the information before the official announcement that the UK had requested the meeting, they said / p>

Still, any kind of coordinated action at the United Nations will be difficult, as two permanent members of the Security Council, China and Russia, would almost certainly veto some countries have imposed or are considering their own sanctions

On Wednesday UN Christine Schraner Burgener, Special Envoy for Myanmar, told reporters from UN The headquarters in New York, where they operate around 2Received 000 messages from people in Myanmar, many of whom are “really desperate for action by the international community”

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, of which Myanmar is a member, held a conference call meeting of Foreign Ministers on Tuesday to discuss the crisis

But action is unlikely there too. The regional group of 10 nations has a tradition of not interfering in each other’s internal affairs. A statement by the chairman after the meeting only called for an end to the violence and talks on how to find a peaceful solution can be reached

In addition to the deaths, there have been reports of other acts of violence in Yangon, a widespread video captured by surveillance camera showed that police in the city brutally beat members of an ambulance crew – apparently after they were arrested and police kicked them three crew members and hits them with rifle butts

Security forces are believed to be selecting medical workers for arrest and mistreatment because members of the medical profession started the country’s civil disobedience movement to resist the junta

In Mandalay, the riot police, supported by soldiers, broke up a rally and chased around 1 with tear gas000 teachers and students from a street when gunshots could be heard

The video from the AP showed a group of police officers firing slings in the apparent direction of protesters as they dispersed

Associated press writer Edith M Lederer at UN The New York headquarters contributed to this report

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News – PH – According to local reports, security forces in Myanmar kill at least 34 protesters