Five dead after Burmese security forces crash into car against protest in Yangon – media – .

Five dead after Burmese security forces crash into car against protest in Yangon – media – .

December 5 (Reuters) – Five people were killed and at least 15 arrested after Burmese security forces crashed into a car on Sunday morning during an anti-coup protest in Yangon, the news portal reported local Myanmar Now.

Witnesses at the scene told Reuters that dozens of people were injured. Photos and videos on social media show a vehicle crashing into protesters and bodies lying on the road.

Another demonstration took place in Yangon in the afternoon despite the early morning violence.

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Anti-military protests continue despite the murder of over 1,300 people since the February 1 coup. The dispersed protests are often small groups voicing their opposition to the overthrow of an elected government led by Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and the return of military rule.

The phantom government of the opposition said it was heartbroken to see peaceful protesters being crushed and shot down.

“We will respond strongly to the terrorist army which brutally and inhumanely killed unarmed peaceful protesters,” the national unity government defense ministry said in a statement posted on social media after Sunday’s attack.

In the incident, a “flash mob” protest in Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city, was rammed within minutes of its start, witnesses said.

“I was hit and fell in front of a truck. A soldier beat me with his rifle but I defended him and pushed him back. Then he immediately shot me as I zigzagged away. Fortunately, I escaped, ”a protester who asked not to be identified for security reasons told Reuters by telephone.

A car occupied by soldiers struck the crowd from behind, two witnesses said, and followed the dispersed protesters, stopping and beating them. Some were seriously injured with head injuries and were unconscious, witnesses said.

A spokesperson for the ruling junta did not respond to calls for comment on Sunday.

The army said the protesters killed were behind the violence. He says he staged the coup because the November election won by Suu Kyi’s party was rigged. The electoral commission rejected this claim.

Wars with ethnic minority insurgents in remote northern and eastern border areas have escalated dramatically since the coup, displacing tens of thousands of civilians, according to United Nations estimates.

Suu Kyi, 76, faces a dozen cases against her, including incitement and violations of COVID-19 protocols.

She has dismissed all charges to date.

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Reuters staff reports; Editing by Kim Coghill and William Mallard

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