/ 16 March 2021

Crackdown in Myanmar after violence clashes claim more lives

Two areas of Myanmar’s largest city Yangon have been placed under martial law by the military to gain control over protestors. Chinese-owned factories in the city were also set alight on Sunday night by demonstrators angered by China’s failure to condemn the coup. Security forces opened fire on protesters as escalating violence was also reported in the cities of Mandalay and Bago, where a police officer also died after a confrontation with protesters. At least 38 demonstrators were killed across Myanmar in violent clashes on Sunday, bringing the total number of deaths to 126 people since the military seized control in February. Arrests have also continued to rise, reaching 2,150 people by Saturday.

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