Bangkok, 3 March 2021 (dpa/MIA) — Reports of protester deaths and injuries trickled out of Myanmar anew on the 30th day of demonstrations against last month’s military coup, with no signs of the violence ending.
Local media had multiple reports of security forces using force against protesters. The Eleven Myanmar news portal tweeted reports of authorities using tear gas, flash grenades and rubber bullets against protesters in Yangon, the country’s largest city.
There were reports of police using live ammunition against the protesters, including unconfirmed reports of one young protester dead in the northern city of Myingyan. There were also images and videos circulating online of one lifeless body with blood streaming from the face amid the protests, although these images also could not be verified.
It is not known how many deaths have resulted from the clashes. On Sunday, there were reports of 18.
The UN Security Council has decided to discuss the matter, most likely in the form of a closed session on Friday. The decision comes amid appeals from inside Myanmar for the UN to send aid. Sources on the ground are referring to it as a “war zone.”
Citing election tampering, the military ousted the democratically elected government at the start of February. The government’s de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi has been in house arrest since then and is facing charges ranging from sowing disorder to illegally importing walkie talkies.
Although the military is guaranteed a veto-proof minority in the legislature, it seems to have been surprised by the size of the win of Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy in November elections.