In a statement on Facebook, the US Embassy in Myanmar said it was “horrified” by the information and called on the junta “to end the use of violence, release those unjustly detained and respect the will of the people ”.
Understanding the chaos in Myanmar
“The widespread use of brutal violence by the military underscores the urgency of restoring Burma’s path to inclusive democracy,” the embassy said, referring to Myanmar by its old name.
One of the injured protesters, who asked not to be named, fearing official reprisals, said the protesters were caught off guard because the military vehicle suddenly passed a bus, which was directly behind the protesters.
When the vehicle struck the group, said the injured protester, he fell on the hood of the vehicle and a soldier hit his head with the butt of his gun. He said he kicked the soldier, who shot in his direction but missed his target.
In the process, soldiers flooded the streets of Yangon. One photograph showed a soldier standing over a protester, kneeling in front of a sign that read: “Yangon’s People’s Revolution cannot be defeated.
On Sunday afternoon, dozens of people gathered in Yangon, carrying umbrellas in the rain and singing a lullaby in tribute to the deceased protesters. All raised three fingers.