CM – Three injured when Myanmar soldiers rammed a car in protest against coup

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In more than 10 months of military rule, around 1,300 people have died in rallies against the army, but there are still small, highly mobile protests.

Published: December 06, 2021 1:29 AM |

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An injured protester lies on a stretcher next to an ambulance after security forces cracked down on the anti-coup demonstration in Yangon. (Photo | AFP)

YANGON: Myanmar soldiers wounded at least three people after ramming a car in a peaceful anti-coup rally in Yangon, eyewitnesses said Sunday. The country has been in turmoil since February when the military took power and sparked nationwide demonstrations that the junta tried to suppress with violent raids and mass arrests.

In more than 10 months of military rule, around 1,300 people have rallied against the army died, but there are still small, highly mobile protests. According to a local journalist, the rally in Yangon was forcibly broken up on Sunday morning when a large car was plowed in.

« They increased the speed as they approached the protesters – it was as if they had driven into them, » said he and refused to give his name for security reasons.

He said a handful of people, some of whom carried banners in support of overthrown civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, were hit and sprawled on the ground than others fled the scene. « Then the soldiers jumped out of the car and started shooting, » he said.

One protester allegedly was seriously injured, said another person at the scene and was caught with two others – one of them a journalist from Myanmar evacuated in an ambulance. The soldiers then beat up three people who were knocked over by the vehicle, claimed a 26-year-old local resident.

« The soldiers then pointed their weapons at us and told everyone around to leave, so we had to go. » the resident added. MRTV state news reported that security forces « intervened » against the protesters, although there was no mention of soldiers using a vehicle to collide with them.

It confirmed that three people were injured – one of them seriously injured – and eleven were arrested for « protesting without permission ». The junta has long justified its seizure of power on charges of electoral fraud last year, which Suu Kyi’s party appeared to have collapsed, and promised to hold new polls in 2023.

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