Myanmar army seized power and detained elected government leader Aung San Suu Kyi and much of her party leadership on Febuary 1, alleging fraud in a November election her party won in a landslide.
The coup, which brought a halt to tentative steps towards democracy after nearly 50 years of military rule, has drawn hundreds of thousands onto the streets and the condemnation of Western countries.
As large protests took place across the country, the security forces seemed to be taking a more aggressive approach, resorting more quickly to gunfire and moving in to arrest groups of demonstrators before their marches could begin.
In the southern city of Dawei, the police opened fire on a crowd of hundreds, witnesses said. At least three people were killed and more than 50 wounded, said Dr. Tun Min, who was treating the injured at a hospital. A second doctor, who asked not to be named for fear of retaliation, confirmed those numbers.
In Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city, a 23-year-old man named Hein Htut Aung was shot and killed at a protest. His death was confirmed by Nadi Ayar Hospital, where he was taken after the shooting.
As we reported earlier, on February 3, seven largest developed economies condemned the military coup in Myanmar and said it was deeply concerned about the fate of detained political leaders such as Aung San Suu Kyi.
“We, the G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America and the High Representative of the European Union are united in condemning the coup in Myanmar,” their statement says.