The police in Myanmar opened hearth on protesters within the metropolis of Mandalay on Saturday, killing two and injuring no less than 10, witnesses mentioned.
The shootings occurred because the authorities had been making an attempt to power staff again to their jobs at an area shipyard. They had been amongst tons of of 1000’s of laborers throughout Myanmar who’ve walked off their jobs to protest the army’s Feb. 1 coup and its ouster of elected civilian leaders.
Greater than 1,000 demonstrators gathered on the shipyard to dam the police, resulting in a tense standoff that lasted a lot of Saturday afternoon. The authorities used water cannons, rubber bullets, tear gasoline, slingshots and in the end dwell ammunition to interrupt up the group, witnesses mentioned.
The shootings got here sooner or later after the loss of life of one other protester, a 20-year-old girl whom the police shot within the head at an illustration within the capital, Naypyidaw, on Feb. 9. The lady, who was on life help earlier than succumbing to her harm, is believed to have been the primary individual killed within the protests towards the coup.