Protests in Myanmar: Passers-by among 20 killed by security forces | Myanmar coup

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 Protests in Myanmar: Passers-by among 20 killed by security forces |  Myanmar coup


At least 20 people were killed in Myanmar on Monday after another day of unrest and protests against the junta that took power six weeks ago, a local watch group said.

The country has been in turmoil since the military ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi from power as hundreds of thousands took to the streets to demand a return to democracy.

Security forces used tear gas, rubber bullets and live ammunition against protesters in near-daily crackdowns across the country.

The Association of Political Prisoners Assistance (AAPP), a local monitoring group that followed the arrests and deaths, said at least 20 died in Monday’s violence.

“The number of victims is increasing dramatically,” he said in a statement, adding that more than 180 people had been killed since the February 1 coup.

While most of Monday’s dead were anti-coup protesters, some were civilians who “weren’t even participating in the protests,” he said.

Most were killed in central Myanmar, while at least three died in the Yangon Mall.

According to the AAPP, two women were killed in their home in Yangon, who were shot dead when security forces opened fire in the streets.

AFP independently verified 11 deaths.

Sunday marked the deadliest day since the coup to date, with AFP confirming that at least 44 people have been killed in unrest across the country.

Six towns in Yangon were placed under martial law after the violence on Sunday.

Anyone arrested there has been tried by a military court rather than civilian courts, with sentences ranging from three years of forced labor to execution.

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