Myanmar protester shot dead, two Australians in custody
Published : Sunday, 21 March, 2021 at 5:10 PM Count : 337
Security forces in Myanmar shot dead an anti-coup protester Sunday, as the Australian government confirmed it is assisting two nationals who were detained after trying to leave Rangoon, reports AFP.
Myanmar has been in turmoil since soldiers ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi last month, triggering nationwide protests demanding a return to democracy.
Security forces have responded with lethal force, using live rounds along with tear gas and rubber bullets in an effort to bring the demonstrations to heel.
One man was killed on Sunday in the central city of Monywa and at least two people were injured in a clash with security forces at barricades, two witnesses told AFP.
"I saw people carrying a man who was shot and killed," a local resident told AFP, adding the body was taken to a local hospital.
"They used stun grenades and tear gas... later they started shooting. I don't know if the man, who died on the spot after he was hit on his head, was killed from rubber bullets or live rounds."
Australia's foreign ministry confirmed Sunday it was providing consular assistance to two of its nationals in Myanmar.
Nearly 250 deaths have been confirmed in the weeks since the coup, the AAPP reported, although the true toll could be higher.
More than 2,300 others have been arrested, the group said.
International condemnation by Washington, Brussels and the United Nations has so far failed to halt the bloodshed.
European Union foreign ministers are expected to approve sanctions against 11 junta officials at a meeting on Monday.