Reports: Five dead in new Myanmar protests | Free press

Protests against the military coup in Myanmar continue – despite the crackdown on the military. There are dead again. Amnesty International protested after a journalist was arrested.

Yangon (AP) – According to eyewitnesses, tens of thousands of people protested in Myanmar on Sunday against the military coup in the Southeast Asian country.

At least five people were killed when the military and police cracked down on the protesters, according to media outlets and participants.

In Bago, northeast of the former capital of Yangon (formerly Rangoon), a demonstrator was shot at around 9 a.m. (local time), an eyewitness reported to the German news agency. According to eyewitnesses, three people were also killed in a district in western Yangon, and another in Hpakant, northern Kachin state.

In the former Burma, the army had fully seized power by February 1. Since then there have been repeated mass protests. The police and the army are reacting more and more boldly. More than 80 people have already been murdered, the nonprofit organization for political prisoners, Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), estimates. About 2,100 people were also arrested, she said.

Journalists are also increasingly being targeted by a target. According to media reports, Polish reporter Robert Bociaga, who works for dpa and other media outlets in Myanmar, was arrested on Thursday by emergency services in Taunggyi. The 30-year-old is said to have been beaten. The German embassy in Myanmar is trying to access the reporter, whose whereabouts are unknown. The diplomatic mission on Saturday called on the authorities to “treat Bociaga fairly and humanely”.

According to an eyewitness, thousands of protesters gathered on Sunday in the Hlaing Thar Yar community in western Yangon. Three of the victims reported so far for Sunday are said to have been murdered there. “We are protesting against the military and facing this brutal act,” said Dpa local resident and protester Nay Ko Lin. “The many thousands of protesters in our communities show that we do not accept injustice and want justice.”

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