More than 200 dead since military coup in Myanmar | Free press

The military’s brutal violence against the civilians of Myanmar is endless. The death toll continues to rise. Yet the resistance is uninterrupted.

Yangon (AP) – Since the coup in Myanmar, an estimated 202 people have been killed by military and police violence.

Nearly 2,200 people have been arrested, at least temporarily, since the beginning of February, according to the AAPP, and nearly 1,900 are still in prison – including politicians, journalists, activists, as well as ordinary citizens. Despite the brutal crackdown by emergency services, thousands of people across the country took to the streets against the generals on Wednesday. The number of victims is increasing.

On Tuesday evening, a 28-year-old was shot dead in the Mingalar Taung Nyunt district of Yangon’s largest city (formerly: Rangoon), his sister told the German news agency. “They came around 8 pm and started shooting,” said the woman, who wished to remain anonymous. At the time, there were isolated protests in the neighborhood. The military used tear gas, rubber bullets and live ammunition. “My brother got hit in the stomach. We tried to save him, but he died early in the morning. “

In the meantime, the situation is getting more and more confusing. Since the beginning of the week, the junta has largely blocked internet access on mobile devices during the day. The internet has been blocked every night for weeks. Since the coup, observers have repeatedly posted photos and videos of the violence on social networks.

“I saw several deaths last night, but there was no internet connection and no local media,” said a protester from the Hlaing Tharyarn working-class district in Yangon, where the military had recently quashed protests. As in other parts of the city, martial law has been in force here since Monday. “Anyone can now be killed under this new rule,” the man said.

After the coup d’état on February 1, the military took de facto head of government Aung San Suu Kyi into custody and issued a one-year state of emergency. The protesters are calling for a return to democratic reforms and the restoration of Suu Kyi’s civilian government. The 75-year-old had clearly won the November parliamentary election.

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