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More than 80 dead after rifle grenades land on Myanmar protesters

More than 80 dead after rifle grenades land on Myanmar protesters

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More than 80 people have been killed by rifle grenades in yet more violent clashes between the military and protesters in Myanmar.Bodies were piled up in a pagoda in the town of Bago after Myanmar security forces opened fire on a protest against the 1 February military coup in the country. The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) monitoring group said it believed there were 82 dead. Image: Heavy clashes erupted during demonstrations in Yangon. Pic: AP Protest organiser Ye Htut told news outlet Myanmar Now: "It is like genocide."They are shooting at every shadow." ...
‘Horrifying bloodshed’: At least 114 protesters shot dead in Myanmar – reports

‘Horrifying bloodshed’: At least 114 protesters shot dead in Myanmar – reports

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At least 114 people have been killed across Myanmar after security forces opened fire on protesters, according to local media reports.The deadly tally is said to include 13 in the country's second-biggest city, Mandalay, nine in the nearby region of Sagaing and seven in the commercial capital Yangon. A five-year-old is reported to be among those killed.The shootings came as people took to the streets again to protest against the 1 February coup, in defiance of a warning that they could be shot "in the head and back", as the junta celebrated Armed Forces Day. Image: The latest killings came as the junta celebrated Armed Forces Day Demonstrators had referred to the public holiday by its original name, Resistance Day, to mark the beginni...
UK protesters scuffle with police during rally over new law

UK protesters scuffle with police during rally over new law

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Police in the English city of Bristol have arrested 10 people during a third night of protest against a new policing lawByThe Associated PressMarch 27, 2021, 9:49 AM• 2 min readLONDON -- Police in the English city of Bristol say they arrested 10 people during a third night of protest against a new policing law.Hundreds of demonstrators against the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill staged a sit-down protest outside a police station in the southwest England city on Friday night, and some scuffled with officers in helmets and shields who tried to break up the protest.The Avon and Somerset Police force said Saturday that eggs, bottles and bricks were thrown at officers and a police horse was daubed with paint.The contentious bill, which is currently going through Parliament, gives poli...
Myanmar coup: Protesters face up to 20 years in prison under new law

Myanmar coup: Protesters face up to 20 years in prison under new law

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ReutersMyanmar's military has warned anti-coup protesters across the country that they could face up to 20 years in prison if they obstruct the armed forces.Long sentences and fines will also apply to those found to incite "hatred or contempt" towards the coup leaders, the military said.The legal changes were announced as armoured vehicles appeared on the streets of several cities.Hundreds of thousands of people have taken part in protests in recent days.The demonstrators are demanding the release from detention of their elected leaders, including Aung San Suu Kyi, and the restoration of democracy in Myanmar, also known as Burma.What will the military do now?The shooting of a young protester'Down with the military - release our leaders!' On Monday, Ms Suu Kyi's lawyer said she would be det...
Myanmar coup: Police fire rubber bullets as protesters defy ban

Myanmar coup: Police fire rubber bullets as protesters defy ban

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ReutersPolice in Myanmar have fired rubber bullets during a demonstration in the capital Nay Pyi Taw, as thousands defied a ban on protests.Water cannons and tear gas have also been used against protesters demanding democracy be restored after a coup which removed the elected government.BBC Burmese has been told at least two protesters have been seriously injured.The fourth day of consecutive protests are under way, despite new restrictions being introduced on Monday.A ban on large public gatherings and night-time curfews have been instigated in some cities, with military leader Min Aung Hlaing warning that no-one is above the law.However, he did not issue a direct threat to protesters - although a broadcast on Burmese state TV following his speech said action "must be taken" against those...