By Myanmar Now and Dw.com
AT LEAST two people were killed and six were injured as police and soldiers used live ammunition while attacking peaceful protesters in Mandalay this afternoon (Feb. 20).
Hundreds rallied at the Yadanarbon shipyard to support workers from the Inland Water Transport Department who were facing pressure from authorities to return to work.
They are on strike as part of a mass civil disobedience campaign aimed at toppling Min Aung Hlaing’s dictatorship.
After a standoff between protesters and police, about 20 trucks filled with soldiers and police, along with two water cannon trucks, arrived to break up the crowd.
Police and soldiers fired about 50 rounds into the air and have so far arrested at least 10 people, according to Myanmar Now reporters who witnessed the attack.
Authorities blocked off the street where the crackdown happened and many, including Myanmar Now reporters, were unable to leave the scene for several hours.
By around 5.30pm the crowd had dispersed and police and soldiers were no longer at the scene.
Protesters honour Mya Thwet Thwet Khine
Protesters in Mandalay and Myanmar’s largest city, Yangon, carried flowers and banners with Mya Thwet Thwet Khine’s photos today, after the young woman died on Friday upon being shot by the police in an earlier demonstration..
Other protesters held signs saying “CDM”, in reference to the civil disobedience movement which workers in several industries have recently joined.
The 20-year-old woman was confirmed dead on Friday after spending a week on life support in a hospital.
Mya Thwate Thwate Khaing had participated in a massive protest on February 9 in Myanmar’s capital, Naypyitaw, where she was shot.
Police crack down on protests
Security forces around Myanmar have used tear gas, water canons and rubber bullets to disperse protesters since the anti-coup rallies began earlier this month.
According to The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners monitoring group, authorities have arrested at least 546 people since the coup
Top: Police opened fire on protesters in Mandalay. Photo: Dw.com
Home Page An injured person who was shot by the authorities this afternoon. Photo: Myanmar Now