Domestic media reported on Thursday that coup demonstrators in Myanmar fought with handmade guns and firebombs against an attack by security forces in a city in the northwest, but at least 11 people were killed.
Myanmar Now and Iravadi news outlets said that initially, six truck soldiers were deployed to stop the protesters. When the protesters fought with hand-made guns, knives and firebombs, five more army trucks were loaded.
The media said that the fighting continued on Thursday morning and at least 11 protesters were killed and around 20 injured. There was no mention of any casualties among the soldiers.
According to the Assistant Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), civilians killed by more than 600 security forces will be killed since Aung San Suu Kyi’s government took office in June on 1 February. It had a toll of 598 dead till Wednesday evening.
According to news media and eyewitnesses, on Wednesday, at least 12 people were killed in a similar skirmish between Tez, near the city, where soldiers and protesters. The AAPP said security forces fired live rounds, grenades and machine-guns at the protesters, who were demanding the reinstatement of Suu Kyi’s government.
“There are many hunters in the forest of Taze, Kel,” said Hen Min Hatik, a resident and youth activist in the area. “They have handmade firearms. And now they came out with their weapons for the protection of the local people while the people were under attack by Janta.”
A spokesperson for Juna could not be reached for comment.
The former government minister, who is part of the CRPH, represents the evicted civil government, a group of lawmakers “people will try to protect their own lives and their rights.”
“People will not wait for CRPH,” the minister said in a video call with Reuters. “CRPH cannot prevent possible armed resistance from the people, by the people.” On Thursday, Junta arrested Ping Takhon, a model and actor who spoke out against the coup, his sister told Reuters. In Yangon, the country’s largest city, activists placed shoes filled with flowers to commemorate the dead protesters.
The AAPP has said that 2,847 people were currently detained.
In addition, arrest warrants have been issued for hundreds of people, with Juneta this week going after scores of influential people, entertainers, artists and musicians.
Lock out of ASS EMBASSY ‘
24-year-old Myanmar and Thailand’s well-known actress Ping Takhon was one of the latest celebrities to be taken into custody. He had condemned the military takeover and promised Suu Kyi’s support.
His sister, Thi Thi Livin, told Reuters that the army detained his brother at 4.30 am at his parents’ home in Yangon, where he had been suffering from unhealthy malaria and heart disease for several days.
He said that the security forces had come with eight military trucks and about 50 soldiers and it was not clear where they were taken.
The country’s most famous comedian, Zargar, was arrested on Tuesday, the media reported.
Fights for control of the expatriate’s diplomatic missions to Myanmar erupted again on Wednesday.
Myanmar’s ambassador to London Kyaw Zwar Min said he was locked outside the embassy, with sources saying that his deputy drove him out and took over on behalf of the military.
Kyaw Zawar Min has broken ranks with the ruling junta in recent weeks, calling for the release of detained civilian leader Suu Kyi.
“It’s a coup of sorts, in the middle of London … you can see that they have taken over my building,” he told Reuters.
Similar claims have been made at other global centers and embassies at the United Nations.
Meanwhile, the leader of the junior, Senior General Min Aung Hling, said in a statement on Wednesday that the Civil Disobedience Movement, or CDM, had halted the functioning of hospitals, schools, roads, offices and factories.
“CDM is an activity to destroy the country,” he said.
Fitch Solutions said in a report that Western sanctions targeting the military were unlikely to succeed in restoring democracy, but said the military was losing control.
It predicted a violent revolution, with a military coup against an armed opposition that included members of the anti-coup movement and ethnic militias.
“The increasing violence on civilians and ethnic militias shows that the Tatmadaw (army) is losing control of the country,” it said.
Many people retreated to bring back the ousted government of Suu Kyi.
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