Myanmar military coup: U.S. condemns fatal shootings of protesters

The U.S. Embassy in Myanmar on Saturday launched an announcement condemning the fatal police shootings of two anti-coup protestors in Mandalay, the nation's second-largest metropolis, following weeks of demonstrations.

"No one should be harmed for exercising the right to dissent," the embassy acknowledged in a Twitter submit. "We are deeply troubled by the fatal shooting of protestors in Mandalay, a day after the death of Mya Thwe Thwe Khine in Nay Pyi Taw. The military must stop violence against the people of Myanmar."

One of the victims was shot within the head and died on the scene, in keeping with native reviews. Another was shot within the chest and died on the way in which to the hospital. He was recognized by family as Thet Naing Win, a 36-year-old carpenter, Reuters reviews.

The shootings occurred close to Mandalay's Yadanabon dock, the place roughly 500 police and troopers got here to the world after dock staff joined the protest towards the military junta that seized energy in a Feb. 1 coup.

Security forces used water cannons, tear gasoline, slingshots and rubber bullets towards demonstrators and struck dock staff.

Picture of Mya Thwe Thwe Khaing is displayed by anti-coup protesters close to Myaynigone junction Saturday, February 20, 2021, in Yangon, Myanmar.Anadolu Agency | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images

At least 5 folks have been injured by rubber bullets and needed to be carried away in ambulances, in keeping with an Associated Press journalist on the scene.

British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab condemned the capturing of peaceable protestors in Myanmar: "We will consider further action, with our international partners, against those crushing democracy & choking dissent," he mentioned in a Tweet.

The two fatalities and extra severe accidents come a day after the dying of Mya Thwet Thwet Khine, who was shot within the capital, Naypyitaw, on Feb. 9 and spent greater than every week on life assist within the hospital. Her dying Friday was the primary confirmed fatality amongst hundreds of protestors demanding the restoration of the elected authorities and launch of lawmakers, together with Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint, who have been rounded up within the coup.

Video from the day she was shot present her sheltering from water cannons, when she dropped to the bottom after a bullet penetrated the bike helmet she was carrying.

A protester has her head bandaged after being crushed by safety forces throughout an illustration towards the military coup in Mandalay on February 20, 2021.STR | AFP | Getty Images

U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price provided his authorities's condolences Friday and reiterated calls on the military to chorus from violence towards peaceable protesters.

On Feb. 10, President Joe Biden imposed sanctions on military leaders in Myanmar who directed the coup that deposed and detained its elected chief Suu Kyi and others. He introduced the federal government was working to freeze some $1 billion in property throughout the U.S. that Myanmar's military leaders have entry to.

A protester is led away after being detained by safety forces throughout an illustration towards the military coup in Mandalay on February 20, 2021.STR | AFP | Getty Images

Biden mentioned Myanmar's "military must relinquish the power it seized" on Feb. 1 and launch its prisoners, and known as on the military to chorus from utilizing violence, because it has, towards protestors exercising their democratic rights to object to the coup.

The nationwide civil disobedience motion confirmed no indicators of slowing regardless of current crackdowns by the military authorities.

— The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report

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