At least 8 dead as police open fire on protesters in Myanmar’s Shan State

 At least 8 dead as police open fire on protesters in Myanmar’s Shan State

A supporter of the National League for Democracy gives a three-finger salute at an anti-coup protest in Yangon, Myanmar. Photo: သူထွန်း. CC BY-SA 4.0.



Seven people have died in Aungban town, southern Shan State, on Friday as more than 100 police and soldiers confronted anti-coup protesters. Another died of their wounds having been taken to a nearby hospital in Kalaw.

On Friday morning, a strong police presence arrived in Aungban as demonstrators began to gather in the town to protest against Myanmar’s ruling junta which took power in a military coup on February 1.

Local news agency Myanmar Now reported that security forces began firing around 9am and that a number of demonstrators had died immediately. A funeral business told the portal that those who died in the town were taken away by police.

Full story: rt.com

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