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A protester holds a homemade pipe air gun during a protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar April 3, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer


(Reuters) -Myanmar security forces opened fire on pro-democracy protests on Saturday killing at least five people, a protester and media said, as the military stepped up its bid to stifle dissent with arrest warrants for a further 20 high-profile critics.


Despite the killing of more than 550 people by the security forces since the Feb. 1 coup, protesters are coming out every day, often in small groups in small towns, to voice opposition to the overthrow of an elected government led by Aung San Suu Kyi and the return of military rule.


Security forces in the central town of Monywa, which has seen daily protests for weeks, fired on a crowd killing at least four people and wounding several, two media organisations said.


"They started firing non-stop with both stun grenades and live rounds," the protester in Monywa, who declined to be identified, told Reuters via a messaging app.


"People backed off and quickly put up ... barriers but a bullet hit a person in front of me, in the head. He died on the spot."

One man was shot and killed in the southern town of Thaton, the Bago Weekly Journal online news portal and residents reported. Police also opened fire in the central town of Bago, wounding one man.


Protests were also held in Myanmar's second city, Mandalay, and the northern town of Hpakant, media reported.


Police and a spokesman for the junta did not answer telephone calls seeking comment.


The military has said those killed instigated violence. It says it staged the coup because a November election won by Suu Kyi's party was rigged. The election commission has dismissed the assertion.


The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners activist group, in a statement earlier on Saturday, said the security forces had killed 550 people, 46 of them children, since the coup.


"People are still protesting every day because we believe strongly that this is a fight between good and evil," protest leader Tayzar San said in an audio message to Reuters.


State media announced that authorities had issued warrants for another 20 celebrities - including social media influencers, singers and models - under a law against inciting dissent in the armed forces, taking the number of warrants issued for high-profile democracy campaigners over the past day to 38.


The charge can carry a prison term of three years.




One of the wanted, actress Paing Phyoe Thu, who attended rallies in the main city of Yangon in the weeks after the coup, said she would not be cowed.


"Whether a warrant has been issued or not, as long as I'm alive I'll oppose the military dictatorship who are bullying and killing people. The revolution must prevail," she said on Facebook. Her whereabouts were not immediately known.


Military teams were also searching for protest leaders and several "unscrupulous" people with homemade weapons had been arrested, state media said.


The military is also waging a campaign to control the flow of information, ordering internet providers to cut wireless broadband from Friday, depriving most customers of access, though some messages and pictures were still being posted and shared.


The United States and other Western countries have denounced the coup and called for the release of Suu Kyi, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 for her campaign against military rule. She has been charged with violating an official secrets act that is punishable by up to 14 years in prison.


The United States also condemned the internet shutdown.


"We hope this won't silence the voices of the people," a State Department spokeswoman, Jalina Porter, told a briefing.


The coup has rekindled old wars with autonomy-seeking ethnic minority forces in the north and the east.


Myanmar's oldest insurgent group, the Karen National Union (KNU), has seen the first military air strikes on its forces in more than 20 years, after it announced its support for the pro-democracy movement.


The KNU, which signed a ceasefire with the government in 2012, said more than 12,000 villagers had fled their homes because of the air strikes. It called for an international embargo on arms sales to the military.


Media has reported that about 20 people were killed in air strikes in KNU territory in recent days, including nearly a dozen at a gold mine run by the group.


Fighting has also flared in the north between the army and ethnic Kachin insurgents. The turmoil has sent several thousand refugees fleeing into Thailand and India.


(Reporting by Reuters staff; Writing by Robert Birsel; Editing by Edwina Gibbs, William Mallard and Ros Russell)



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They have to change their tactics.No one is going to help Asean .UN .USA  China etc .They have been deserted by democratic nations . RIP 

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I see that an Israeli military intelligence veteran, has been hired to give a positive spin on all these atrocities.










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"Asked about air strikes carried out by government jets on territory held by guerrillas from the Karen ethnic minority in eastern Myanmar, which reportedly killed at least 14 civilians, Zaw Min Tun said the aerial raids allowed more exact targeting than ground attacks which would have caused more deaths"


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2 hours ago, Rhys said:

Sadly the Military will just shoot kill and continue... and will continue on...

That is why a full-scale sabotage and guerrilla war is needed.  

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in the david and goliath scenario
David strikes back
Resistance Forces Kill At Least 18 Myanmar Soldiers in Sagaing Border Town



At least 18 members of Myanmar’s security forces were killed by activists on Saturday afternoon after a civilian was shot in Tamu, Sagaing Region, on the Indian border.

A young man, who was not protesting, was shot dead when he and two friends were riding a motorbike, according to a Tamu resident. Another man was shot dead during the crackdown on Saturday afternoon. Residents said firing lasted from Saturday noon until Sunday morning.

“One was shot in the head and the other was hit in the back,” the resident said.

“Police and soldiers used grenade launchers, machine guns and explosives against us. We also heard 19 soldiers were killed when grenades were thrown into a military truck,” according to a Tamu protester.


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