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