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Three protesters severely injured after Myanmar police fires live rounds Updated: 2021-03-03 13:49:12 KST


Three people have been severely injured in Myanmar after security forces fired live rounds at anti-coup protesters.
Citing medics who witnessed the crackdown on Tuesday,… the AFP reported that police and soldiers opened fire on protestors who took to the streets in Kale, a northwestern town in Myanmar.
According to a rescue worker at the scene, three people are in a critical condition as they were hit with live bullets,… and some 20 people were injured.
The bloodshed comes only 2 days after the country witnessed its bloodiest day on Sunday with at least 18 deaths.
Tensions between pro-democracy protestors and the military have been escalating since the military took power in a coup and detained the civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi on February first.

Myanmar’s ambassador to the UN called for countries to use (quote) "any means necessary" to reverse the coup, during his speech to the General Assembly last week.
Following his remarks, the military are seeking to remove him from his position at the UN, to replace him with his deputy ambassador.
The ambassador hit back in a letter to the UN and the U.S. State Department, saying the military has no authority to fire him.
While the UN is still trying to resolve the matter, the U.S. State Department on Tuesday said it understands he still remains in the position.

Meanwhile, South East Asian powers met virtually on Tuesday to pressure the junta over its deadly crackdown.
The leaders of ASEAN urged for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and harshly condemned the deadly use of power against peaceful protestors.

Last week, Facebook banned Myanmar military and military-controlled media entities from Facebook and Instagram, saying the risks associated with their presence on the platforms are too big.

Choi Min-jung, Arirang News.
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