5 anti-coup protesters shot dead in Myanmar

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YANGON (Kyodo) — Myanmar security forces on Sunday shot dead five protesters participating in an anti-coup demonstrations around the country, local media reported.

The reports said one man was killed with live ammunition in the largest city Yangon, another in the second largest city Mandalay and three more in the southeastern city of Dawei, while many others have been injured.

It marked the first time for a protester to be killed in Yangon since the Feb. 1 military coup that ousted the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi and brought to eight the number of people who have been shot dead in the series of demonstrations.

On Feb. 20, riot police killed two people in the nation’s second-largest city Mandalay.

Their deaths came a day after the first protester since the coup died in hospital in the capital Naypyitaw after 10 days on life support. She was shot in the head while participating in a Feb. 9 demonstration.

Meanwhile, a woman who was reportedly shot dead Saturday in Monywa in the central part of the country was found to be hospitalized in serious condition.

The military, which has a history of suppressing the democratization movement, insists it is exercising “maximum self-restraint and minimal use of force.”

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