At least ten people have died and 19 have been injured this Saturday during the police charges in the latest protests called in Burma against the coup d’état carried out last month by the country’s military .
Five people lost their lives in two demonstrations called in the country’s financial center, Rangoon , and the town of Pyay, in the Bago region, while another four died during another demonstration early this Saturday in the city of Mandalay , where 19 injured were also registered, half of them in critical condition.
According to sources from the Myanmar Now news portal, among the Mandalay victims are a woman and three men, including a Buddhist monk.
The tenth deceased was identified in the Magway region, according to the sources of the portal, while the total balance of detainees during the last hours already amounts to 36.
The protests continue
Despite the repression, the protesters have returned in the last hours to the streets of Mandalay, where tens of thousands of engineers and engineering students shouted for the end of the military dictatorship and the release of the detained leaders, including the leader ‘de facto’ of the country, Aung San Suu Kyi , under arrest .
“The security forces are trying to scare us so that we won’t join the street protests in the coming days,” Aung Myo Nyunt, a 20-year-old student protester in Mandalay, told DPA. “Their efforts will be in vain,” he assured.
The soldiers and police riot has forced officials and public employees on strike in certain sectors to return to work since the civil disobedience movement threatens a collapse of services, including banking, health, education and transportation. The board called on all banks to reopen Monday and said action would be taken if lenders did not comply.
Aggression against journalists
Likewise, the military junta has intensified its repression against journalists and the media . Thus, the Embassy of Germany in Rangoon has called on the Burmese authorities to ensure that the Polish journalist from the agency DPA, Robert Bociaga , arrested Thursday by authorities in the center of the country, receives “fair treatment and human” .
“The Embassy, also on behalf of the Polish Embassy in Bangkok, has formally requested Burma to report the exact whereabouts of the detained Polish citizen, to grant him immediate consular access and to provide written information on the reason for his arrest and delivery of charges, “the Embassy reported on its Facebook account .
The 30-year-old reporter was allegedly beaten and injured during his arrest, according to another Khit Thit Media journalist. Photos accompanying the message showed Bociaga surrounded by a dozen uniformed men and raising his hands to protect himself.
Escalation of repression
Since the coup began, more than 80 people have been killed , according to the United Nations, and the number of people detained exceeds 2,000, according to the Association for Assistance to Political Prisoners (AAPP). The arrests have also affected the most vulnerable and UN Women has reported that six women have died and about 600 have been arrested during the protests.
Along the same lines, the United Nations Children’s Fund ( UNICEF ) has stressed through the Facebook page of its branch in Burma that the situation “continues to escalate alarmingly” and that at least nine minors have died. They also estimate the number of minors arrested at 700 and denounce that many have been denied access to a lawyer.
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