Police continue to crack down on Myanmar protests after talks to end coup stall
|globalnews.ca 03 Mar 2021 at 02:00|
Security forces fired in the air and used tear gas to break up anti-junta demonstrations in Myanmar’s two biggest cities on Wednesday, witnesses said, a day after a regional diplomatic push to help end the month-long crisis made little headway.
Foreign Ministers from Southeast Asian neighbours urged restraint but failed to unite behind a call for the military to release ousted government leader Aung San Suu Kyi and restore democracy.
At least 21 people have been killed since a military coup on Feb. 1 ended Myanmar’s tentative progress towards democratic civilian rule.
“Oh my eyes, it hurts,” one woman in a teacher’s uniform shouted as she and other protesters scattered through a cloud of tear gas in Mandalay, according to a live video feed.
The overthrow of Suu Kyi’s government has triggered protests across the country and international dismay.
An activist in Chin State said strikes were taking place in nearly all of its townships.
“We’re aiming to show that no one in this country wants dictatorship,” Salai Lian told Reuters from the western state.