By Smita Das
One week ago, tribal militant groups in remote areas of Myanmar signaled their support for the country’s pro-democracy people in anti-military protests. This time, the protesters are trying to resist the army-police firing with firearms. However, a total of 23 protesters were killed by security forces yesterday and today.
Eleven protesters were killed today in the northwestern city of Taze in Myanmar. Twelve people died in the city near Taj yesterday. Today, 20 people were injured in the shooting in Taze city. According to an eyewitness, as the protesters began to gather in the morning, about six truckloads of troops arrived.Five more trucks arrived as protesters retaliated with guns, knives and bottle bombs. After that indiscriminate firing took place. A young man named Hien Min Teik said that these two areas are surrounded by jungles. So most of the residents here know the victim. They are now helping the protesters with firearms. A former minister on behalf of the anti-military CRPH coalition told Reuters that ordinary people would retaliate to protect their lives and rights.
The total number of protesters killed after today’s shooting has exceeded 600. There are about three thousand protesters in police custody.
Arrest warrants have been issued against more than 100 artists across the country for supporting anti-military protests. A 24-year-old actor named Paing Takon was abducted by the army from his Yangon home. His sister told local media that the actor was at his parents’ house in Yangon for a few days. At around 4.30 am today, six army vehicles and 50 soldiers surrounded their house. His family does not know where he was kept.
Meanwhile, Myanmar’s ambassador to Britain, Kyoyo Zoar Min, said he was not allowed to enter his London embassy by military-affiliated people. He questioned the release of the detained NLD leadership last month. The Myanmar embassy in London was locked yesterday. “Foreign diplomacy is the only way to break the deadlock,” British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab tweeted.