Pro-Military Marchers in Myanmar Attack Anti-Coup Protesters


Supporters of Myanmar’s junta attacked people protesting the military government that took power in a coup, using slingshots, iron rods, and knives Thursday to injure several of the demonstrators. On Thursday, tensions escalated on the streets between anti-coup protesters and supporters of the military. Photos and videos posted on social media showed groups attacking people in downtown Yangon as police stood by without intervening.

Critics of the military charge it pays people to engage in violence, allegations that are hard to verify.

So far, according to the independent Assistance Association of Political Prisoners, eight people have been killed in connection with the junta’s crackdown, and 728 people have been arrested, charged, or sentenced since the coup.

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Associated Press