Security forces in Myanmar shot dead at least 10 people yesterday during a protest against the military’s coup.
According to ABC news, six died in Myaing and one each in Yangon, Mandalay, Bago, and Taungoo. Photos of the dead bodies were allegedly posted online. Reports on ABC News claim the protester’s are members of the guerrilla forces from Kachin’s ethnic minority in the north. The UN Security Council responded with appeals for the Myanmar junta to stop using lethal force.
A military coup overthrew ex-government leader Aung San Suu Kyi on February 1; since then the country faces nationwide protests and strikes. The coup reversed Myanmar’s small steps towards democracy, returning to a military rule as seen in the five prior decades.
Security forces previously attacked protesters with live ammunition, tear gas, and water canons. This lead to the deaths of at least 60 people. According to Amnesty International, Myanmar’s military “is using increasingly lethal tactics and weapons normally seen on the battlefield.”
Although the military’s use of violence means less people are protesting, silent protests continue. Many are refusing to go to work, with The Guardian estimating the number is 56%.
Widespread protests against the coup continue, but at what cost?