11 dead as Burmese protesters fight troops with guns and firebombs

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Myanmar anti-coup protesters retaliated with hand-made weapons and firebombs

Anti-coup protesters in Myanmar retaliated with homemade weapons and firebombs against a crackdown by security forces in a northwestern town, but at least 11 of the protesters were killed, media reported Thursday national.

Initially, six truckloads of troops were deployed to quell protesters in the town of Taze, Myanmar Now and Irrawaddy news outlets said. When protesters retaliated with hand-made guns, knives and firebombs, five more trucks of soldiers were brought in.

Fighting continued Thursday morning and at least 11 protesters were killed and around 20 injured, media said. There was no information on casualties among the soldiers.

This would bring the number of civilians killed by security forces to more than 600 since the junta seized power from the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi on February 1, according to the Association for the Assistance of Political Prisoners (AAPP). . He made a toll of 598 dead Wednesday evening.

Taze is near the town of Kale, where at least 12 people were killed in a similar clash between troops and protesters on Wednesday, according to media and witnesses. Security forces fired live ammunition, grenades and machine guns at protesters calling for the restoration of Suu Kyi’s government, AAPP said.

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“Taze, Kale have a lot of hunters in the jungle,” said Hein Min Hteik, a local resident and young activist. “They have homemade firearms. And now they have come out with their weapons to protect the residents, while the people were being attacked by the junta.”

A junta spokesperson could not be reached for comment.

“People will try to defend their own lives and their rights,” said a former government minister who is part of the CRPH, a group of lawmakers representing the fallen civilian government.

“People will not wait for the CRPH to act,” the minister said during a video call with Reuters. “The CRPH cannot stop the possible armed resistance of the people, of the people”. The junta on Thursday arrested Paing Takhon, a model and actor who spoke out against the coup, his sister told Reuters. In Yangon, the country’s largest city, activists placed shoes filled with flowers to commemorate the dead protesters.

The AAPP said 2,847 people were currently in detention.

In addition, arrest warrants have been issued for hundreds of people, with the junta this week targeting dozens of influencers, artists, artists and musicians.

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‘BLOCKED OUT OF THE EMBASSY’

Paing Takhon, 24, well known in Myanmar and Thailand, was one of the last celebrities to be detained. He had condemned the military takeover and pledged to support Suu Kyi.

His sister, Thi Thi Lwin, told Reuters that the military detained his brother at 4.30 a.m. at their parents’ home in Yangon, where he remained ill for several days, suffering from malaria and heart problems.

Security forces arrived with eight military trucks and around 50 soldiers and it is not known where he was taken, she said.

The country’s most famous comedian Zarganar was arrested on Tuesday, media reported.

Overseas, struggles for control of Myanmar’s diplomatic missions erupted again on Wednesday.

Myanmar’s ambassador to London Kyaw Zwar Minn said he had been kicked out of the embassy, ​​sources claiming his deputy had kicked him out and taken in on behalf of the military.

Kyaw Zwar Minn has broken through the ranks of the ruling junta in recent weeks, calling for the release of detained civilian leader Suu Kyi.

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“It’s kind of a coup, in the middle of London … you can see they are occupying my building,” he told Reuters.

Similar counterclaims have also been filed at embassies in other world centers and at the United Nations.

Meanwhile, General Min Aung Hlaing, the head of the junta, said in a statement on Wednesday that the civil disobedience movement, or CDM, had disrupted the operation of hospitals, schools, roads, offices and factories. .

“The CDM is an activity aimed at destroying the country,” he said.

Fitch Solutions said in a report that Western sanctions targeting the military were unlikely to be successful in restoring democracy, but said the military was losing control.

He predicted a violent revolution pitting the army against an armed opposition made up of members of the anti-coup movement and ethnic militias.

“The escalation of violence against civilians and ethnic militias shows that the Tatmadaw (military) are increasingly losing control of the country,” he said.

The vast majority of people support the ousted government of Suu Kyi, he added.

(Except for the title, this story was not edited by The Bharat Express News staff and is posted Platforms.)

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