WRAPUP 1-A minimum of 18 protesters killed in Myanmar in worst violence since coup

* State media says military compelled to take motion

* Police hearth stun grenades, tear gasoline, then open hearth

* Rights group condemns escalation of deadly drive

* A whole bunch detained in Saturday crackdown

March 1 (Reuters) – Myanmar police fired on protesters across the nation on Sunday and a minimum of 18 individuals had been killed within the worst violence since a Feb. 1 army coup, the United Nations mentioned, calling on the worldwide neighborhood to behave to cease the repression.

Crowds of demonstrators got here underneath hearth in numerous elements of the largest metropolis of Yangon after stun grenades, tear gasoline and pictures within the air failed to interrupt up their protests.

Throughout the nation, protesters carrying plastic work helmets and with makeshift shields confronted off towards police and troopers in battle gear, together with some from models infamous for robust crackdowns on ethnic insurgent teams in Myanmar’s border areas.

“Extreme motion will likely be inevitably taken” towards “riotous protesters”, the state-run World New Gentle Of Myanmar mentioned. The military had beforehand proven restraint, however couldn’t ignore “anarchic mobs”.

A number of wounded individuals had been hauled away in Yangon by fellow protesters, leaving bloody smears on pavements, media photos confirmed. One man died after arriving at a hospital with a bullet within the chest, mentioned a health care provider who requested to not be recognized.

“Police and army forces have confronted peaceable demonstrations, utilizing deadly drive and less-than-lethal drive that – in accordance with credible info acquired by the UN Human Rights Workplace – has left a minimum of 18 individuals useless and over 30 wounded,” the U.N. human rights workplace mentioned.

Myanmar has been in chaos because the military seized energy and detained elected authorities chief Aung San Suu Kyi and far of her get together management on Feb. 1, alleging fraud in a November election her get together received in a landslide.

The coup, which introduced a halt to tentative steps in the direction of democracy after practically 50 years of army rule, has drawn lots of of 1000’s onto the streets and the condemnation of Western nations.

Amongst a minimum of 5 killed in Yangon was web community engineer Nyi Nyi Aung Htet Naing, medics mentioned. A day earlier he had requested on Fb what number of useless our bodies it will take for the United Nations to take motion.

U.N. Secretary-Normal Antonio Guterres known as on its members to do extra.

“The Secretary-Normal urges the worldwide neighborhood to come back collectively and ship a transparent sign to the army that it should respect the desire of the individuals of Myanmar as expressed by means of the election and cease the repression,” U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric mentioned.

Instructor Tin New Yee died after police swooped to disperse a lecturers’ protest with stun grenades, sending the gang fleeing, her daughter and a fellow trainer mentioned.

Exterior a Yangon medical faculty, docs and college students in white lab coats scattered after police hurled stun grenades. A gaggle known as the Whitecoat Alliance of medics mentioned greater than 50 medical employees had been arrested.

Three individuals had been killed at Dawei within the south, politician Kyaw Min Htike instructed Reuters from the city. Two died within the second metropolis of Mandalay, Myanmar Now media and a resident mentioned. Resident Sai Tun instructed Reuters one lady was shot within the head.

Police and the spokesman for the ruling army council didn’t reply to telephone calls searching for remark.

Police broke up protests in different cities, together with Lashio within the northeast, Myeik within the deep south and Hpa-An within the east, residents and media mentioned.

‘OUTRAGEOUS’

Junta chief Normal Min Aung Hlaing mentioned final week authorities had been utilizing minimal drive.

However, a minimum of 21 protesters have now died within the turmoil. The military mentioned a policeman had been killed.

Defiance of the coup has emerged not simply on the streets however extra broadly within the civil service, municipal administration, the judiciary, the training and well being sectors and the media.

Activists throughout Asia held protests in help, with the rallying cry “Milk Tea Alliance” which first united pro-democracy activists in Thailand and Hong Kong.

State-run MRTV tv mentioned greater than 470 individuals had been arrested on Saturday. It was not clear what number of had been detained on Sunday.

“We’re heartbroken to see the lack of so many lives in Myanmar,” the U.S. embassy mentioned. The Canadian Embassy mentioned it was appalled. Indonesia, which has taken a diplomatic lead inside the Affiliation of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on the disaster, expressed deep concern.

Youth activist Esther Ze Naw mentioned individuals had been battling the worry that they had lived with underneath army rule.

Whereas some Western nations have imposed restricted sanctions, the generals have historically shrugged off diplomatic stress. They’ve promised to carry a brand new election however not set a date.

Suu Kyi’s get together and supporters mentioned the results of the November vote should be revered.

Suu Kyi, 75, who spent practically 15 years underneath home arrest, faces prices of illegally importing six walkie-talkie radios and of violating a pure catastrophe legislation by breaching coronavirus protocols. The subsequent listening to in her case is on Monday.

(Reporting by Reuters Employees; further reporting by Michelle Nichols; writing by Robert Birsel, Matthew Tostevin and Philippa Fletcher; modifying by Jane Merriman)

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