Myanmar: Two protesters killed during new protests

Myanmar: Two protesters killed during new protests

According to human rights activists, at least 249 people have died since the military coup in the country

Demonstrators in Myanmar again spoke out against military rule on Sunday, despite the growing death toll. At the same time, the junta seems determined to resist the growing pressure and is not willing to compromise.

The unrest in the country began after the military overthrew the elected government headed by Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi on February 1.

One person was killed and several wounded when police opened fire on a group of people building barricades in the central country town of Mounyoua, a local doctor said.

Later, one person was killed and several were wounded when security forces opened fire on a crowd in the country’s second-largest city, Mandalay, the news portal Myanmar Now reported.

At least 249 people have been killed since the coup in total, according to the Political Prisoners Aid Association.

A junta spokesman was unavailable for comment; he had previously said that security officials used force only when necessary.

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State media reported Sunday that men on motorcycles attacked a member of the security forces, who later died. The military also claimed that two police officers had been killed in previous protests.