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  • Writer's pictureD. Brit

As Myanmar Anti-Coup Protests Continue - At Least 18 Killed By Security Forces

What Happened:

  • On Sunday, security forces opened fire on large crowds of anti-coup protesters in Myanmar. Many protesters were also arrested.

  • A UN human rights official says that at least 18 people were killed and 30 wounded in the confrontation. In addition, estimates say that roughly 1,000 people were detained on Sunday.

  • Demonstrations have been ongoing in Myanmar for several weeks since the military staged a coup on Jan 31 and arrested the democratically elected officials. Police and military response has become increasingly violent over the last few weeks.

  • 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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