Myanmar Military Killed 8 People After Firing On Peaceful Protests Over The First Weekend of May

In Myanmar, at least eight people have been killed after Myanmar military opened fire on some of the biggest anti-military demonstrations in days, three months after a coup destabilized the country.
Over the weekend, thousands of people protested in cities and towns across Myanmar, calling for the Global Myanmar Spring Revolution. Protests were also held outside Myanmar to express support for the anti-coup demonstrations, while Pope Francis called for peace.
In a statement, the organizers said that the message of unity of the Myanmar people should shake the world.
The Mizzima news agency reported that two in Mandalay, Myanmar’s second-largest city, were killed after being shot.
A photo posted by the Irrawaddy news site earlier depicts a man in plain clothes taking aim with a rifle in Mandalay.
Myanmar Now news agency reported three men were killed in the central town of Wallet, and two others were killed in Shan State in the northeast, according to two media outlets. One person was also killed in the northern town of Hpakant, according to the Kachin News Group.
Reuters news agency did not verify these reports, and a spokesman for the ruling government did not return our calls seeking comment.
Military takeovers on February 1, followed by a civil disobedience movement of strikes and protests, caused a coup that removed Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected government.
Tens of thousands of civilians have been displaced by the ongoing conflict with ethnic armed groups in northern and eastern border areas, including ethnic Chinese.
The military responded to the protests with lethal force, arrests, and ignored calls from neighboring countries and the United Nations to end the violence.
In Yangon, young people gathered on a street corner before demonstrating swiftly down the streets in a protest called a flash mob – resulting in a clash with the police. “To bring down the military dictatorship is our cause!”
Several bombs were also found in different parts of Yangon on Sunday. Explosions are becoming more frequent in the former capital, and authorities have blamed them on “instigators”. No one has claimed responsibility for the explosions.
The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), which is monitoring the situation, says security forces have killed at least 765 protesters since the coup, while some 4,609 people have been arrested.
The military, which has labeled the AAPP an unlawful organization, has acknowledged 258 protesters have been killed, along with 17 policemen and seven soldiers.

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