In a joint operation by the army and the police, different cities of Myanmar are bloody again. Today, thousands of people took part in the procession again ignoring the eyes of the army. To disperse the rally, police fired back in a few cities. There are rubber bullets and tear gas in some places. Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Thursday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck. Many injured. However, no hospital could confirm that number. News of Anandabazar.
From the very beginning, the people of Myanmar have roared against the military coup. A large section of government workers are running non-cooperation movement. Pro-democracy protesters demanded the release of all detained leaders, including Aung San Suu Kyi. At the same time, the movement is going on to demand the return of the democratic government. The army took strict action to suppress the protests last Sunday. 17 people died. That was the bloodiest day of the current military coup. However, people have started returning from Monday.
Various cities were blocked by similar processions and demonstrations on Thursday. News of the deaths of protesters from three cities came today. The highest death toll was in Maniwa. Seven people have died in this city as pictured. In Mandalay, as in Yangon, the army and police clashed with protesters.
Journalists are now also targeted by the army. A criminal case has been filed against the six journalists recently arrested. Among them is a journalist from the Associated Press. They have been charged with treason and spreading false news. If convicted, they could face up to two to three years in prison.
This week, detained Nobel laureate Suu Kyi appeared in court via video conference. This was his first appearance after two new charges were brought against him. But when he will be released, no one has a good answer. In this situation, Pope Francis has appealed to the junta to release all political prisoners.
Britain convened a meeting of the UN Security Council on Friday to discuss the crisis in Myanmar. It also demanded an immediate ban on the sale of all weapons to the army.
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