It has been just over two months since the junta took power in Myanmar and ousted the country’s leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. Demonstrations against the army and demanding the release of Suu Kyi continued and more than 600 people were killed by the junta security forces during the protests, according to reports. Reuters with reference to activist groups.
Suu Kyi and several of her party mates were imprisoned. She is accused of smuggling a number of wireless communication devices and violating Corona rules.
Security forces fired rifle grenades
During the recent clash between protesters and the army in Bago, near Yangon, the largest city in the country, security forces fired hand grenades at protesters. Death rates vary, with reports of between 10 and 20 deaths.
The military council spokesman, General Zhao Min Tun, said in a televised speech that the situation in the country is on its way to normal life and that institutions such as government and banks will soon open. He also denied that the SCAF fired automatic rifles, and said that 16 members of the security forces have died during the demonstrations since February 1.
Military sentenced 19 to death
In a case in which protesters killed a military man, charges were brought before a military court. This was due to the junta’s introduction of martial arts in parts of the country. 19 protesters were charged with killing the army in Yangon – all of them were sentenced to death.
Of the 19, 17 were absent when the verdict was announced and instead had to witness the death sentence when it was broadcast by the military-controlled television company Miyawadi, according to reports. Reuters.