/ 22 February 2021

Myanmar violence escalates

The worst violence of the protests since de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi was seized by Myanmar’s military leaders in a coup on 1 February has unfolded over the weekend. Reports say protestors threw projectiles at police who responded with live fire and tear gas in the nation’s 2nd biggest city of Mandalay on Saturday, leaving 2 demonstrators dead (including a teenage boy) and 20 injured. Three protestors have now died after a 19yo woman succumbed to her injuries on Friday after being shot by police on 9 January. Big crowds turned out yesterday for her funeral. Authorities say a policeman has also been killed this month. Myanmar’s military joined Aussie news outlets in being wiped by Facebook – its page was deleted yesterday for inciting violence.

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