Myanmar Protesters Death Toll Exceeds 500
A South Dagon, the district of Yangon, resident on Tuesday said more gunfire could be heard in the area overnight raising concerns of more casualties.
Myanmar protesters held overnight candle-lit vigils after an advocacy group said security forced had now killed over 500 people since a Feb. 1 coup, and as activists on Tuesday launched a new civil disobedience campaign to hurl garbage onto streets.
Out of 14 civilians killed in Myanmar on Monday, the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners said at least eight were in the South Dagon district of Yangon.
Security forces in the area fired a much heavier-calibre weapon than usual on Monday to clear a barricade of sand bags, witnesses said. It was not immediately clear what type of weapon was used. State television said security forces used “riot weapons” to disperse a crowd of “violent terrorist people” who were destroying a pavement and one man was wounded.
A South Dagon resident on Tuesday said more gunfire could be heard in the area overnight raising concerns of more casualties.
Police and a junta spokesman did not answer calls seeking comment.
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged Myanmar’s generals to stop the killings and repression of demonstrations.
In a new tactic, protesters sought to step up a civil disobedience campaign on Tuesday by asking residents to throw garbage onto streets on key road intersections.
This garbage strike is a strike to oppose the junta, read a poster on social media.
The move comes in defiance of calls issued via loudspeakers in some neighbourhoods of Yangon on Monday urging residents to dispose of garbage properly.
Rebel groups prepared for a war
At least 510 civilians had been killed in nearly two months of efforts to stop protests, advocacy group AAPP said.
The total killed on Saturday, the bloodiest day so far, had risen to 141, its figures showed.
One of the main groups behind the protests, the General Strike Committee of Nationalities, called on Monday in an open letter for ethnic minority forces to help those standing up to the “unfair oppression” of the military.
In a sign that the call may be gaining more traction, three groups in a joint letter on Tuesday called on the military to stop killing peaceful protesters and resolve political issues.
The groups – which include the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army, the Arakan Army and Ta’ang National Liberation Army – warned if the military did not do this they will cooperate with all nationalities who are joining Myanmar’s spring revolution in terms of self defence.