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2 More Anti-Coup Protesters Killed By Myanmar Security Forces

What Happened:

  • On Sunday, Myanmar security forces shot and killed at least 2 more anti-coup protesters as the government’s violent crackdown continues.

  • On Saturday, Mahn Win Khaing Than, the appointed acting Vice President of deposed elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s political party, addressed the public saying he will continue to support the “revolution” and remove the military from power. Than has been in hiding since the start of the coup.

  • Demonstrations have been ongoing in Myanmar for several weeks since the military staged a coup on Feb 1 and arrested the democratically elected officials. Police and military response has become increasingly violent and often lethal over the last several weeks as they try to stamp out all opposition.

  • The protesters do not wish to return to military rule and demand the release and return to power for the democratically elected officials.

  • The democratically elected leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has been under house arrest since the coup.

  • The military claims that there was widespread fraud in the election and uses that as justification for the coup.

  • Myanmar, which spent five decades under military rule, had recently undergone a democratic transition and elected Aung San Suu Kyi as leader as well as given the majority of the seats in parliament to Kyi's National League for Democracy Party.

  • Other nations, including the US, have condemned the coup saying that the outcome of the recent elections should be respected. President Biden also placed sanctions on Myanmar.

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