Myanmar security forces opened fire on Thursday on a professional-democracy protest by medical staff within the metropolis of Mandalay, inflicting some casualties, media mentioned.
Opponents of a Feb. 1 coup that ousted an elected authorities led by Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi have saved up their marketing campaign in opposition to the army this conventional New Year week with a sequence of actions and marches.
Medical staff, some of whom have been on the forefront of the marketing campaign in opposition to the coup, gathered within the second metropolis of Mandalay early however troops quickly arrived to disperse them, opening fire and detained some folks, the Mizzima information company mentioned.
The company mentioned it didn’t have particulars of casualties or arrests. The BBC‘s Burmese-language service additionally reported the crackdown on the protest by medical staff.
A spokesman for the junta couldn’t be reached for remark.
The coup has plunged Myanmar into disaster after 10 years of tentative steps towards democracy, with each day protests and campaigns of defiance, together with strikes by staff in lots of sectors which have introduced the economic system to a standstill.
The 5-day New Year vacation, referred to as Thingyan, started on Tuesday however professional-democracy activists cancelled the standard festivities to focus on their opposition to the generals who seized energy.
The army says the protests are dwindling.
An activist group, the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, says the security forces have killed 715 protesters for the reason that ousting of Suu Kyi’s authorities.
The United Nations human rights workplace mentioned on Tuesday it feared the army clampdown on the protests risked escalating right into a civil battle, resembling that in Syria.