Myanmar Police Killed 2 Protestor to Disperse the crowd #Mandaley
Police in the Myanmar city of Mandalay opened fire and used tear gas on Saturday to break up an anti-coup protest but it was not clear if they fired live ammunition or rubber bullets, according to video broadcast by a media outlet.
A doctor told the Irrawaddy news site that several people had suffered from exposure to tear gas and one person was wounded by a bullet but it could have been a rubber bullet.
Police were not immediately available for comments. A man injured during protests in Mandalay on Feb 20, 2021. Two people were killed in Myanmar’s second largest city Mandalay on Saturday (Feb 20) when police fired to disperse protesting opponents of a Feb 1 military coup, emergency workers said, the bloodiest day in more than two weeks of demonstrations.
The deaths came after a young woman protester died on Friday after being shot in the head last week as police dispersed a crowd in the capital, Naypyitaw, the first death among anti-coup demonstrators.
Protesters took to the streets on Saturday in several cities and towns with members of ethnic minorities, poets and transport workers among those demanding an end to military rule and the release of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi and others
But tension escalated quickly in Mandalay where police and soldiers were confronting striking shipyard workers and other protesters at Yadanarbon shipyard in Mandalay, on the Irrawaddy river.
Some of the demonstrators fired catapults at police as they played cat and mouse through riverside streets. Police responded with tear gas and gun fire, though it was initially not clear if they were using live ammunition or rubber bullets.
“Twenty people were injured and two are dead,” said Ko Aung, a leader of the Parahita Darhi volunteer emergency service agency.