Myanmar protesters injured as police escalate use of force

  • An injured protester is escorted as police tried to disperse a demonstration against the military coup in Mandalay, Myanmar, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021.

    An injured protester is escorted as police tried to disperse a demonstration against the military coup in Mandalay, Myanmar, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. Associated Press

  • University teachers march with the images of deposed Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi in Yangon, Myanmar, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. 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 demonstrator (AP Photo)

    University teachers march with the images of deposed Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi in Yangon, Myanmar, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. 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 demonstrator (AP Photo) Associated Press

  • A Buddhist prays outside Aung San Suu Kyi's residence in Yangon, Myanmar, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. Social media giant Facebook announced Thursday it was banning all accounts linked to Myanmar's military as well as ads from military-controlled companies in the wake of the army's seizure of power on Feb. 1.

    A Buddhist prays outside Aung San Suu Kyi's residence in Yangon, Myanmar, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. Social media giant Facebook announced Thursday it was banning all accounts linked to Myanmar's military as well as ads from military-controlled companies in the wake of the army's seizure of power on Feb. 1. Associated Press

  • Buddhist nuns display images of deposed Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi during a street march in Mandalay, Myanmar, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. Tensions escalated Thursday on the streets of Yangon, Myanmar's biggest city, as supporters of Myanmar's junta attacked people protesting the military government that took power in a coup, using slingshots, iron rods and knives to injure several of the demonstrators.

    Buddhist nuns display images of deposed Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi during a street march in Mandalay, Myanmar, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. Tensions escalated Thursday on the streets of Yangon, Myanmar's biggest city, as supporters of Myanmar's junta attacked people protesting the military government that took power in a coup, using slingshots, iron rods and knives to injure several of the demonstrators. Associated Press

  • University teachers hold posters during a street march in Yangon, Myanmar, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. Social media giant Facebook announced Thursday it was banning all accounts linked to Myanmar's military as well as ads from military-controlled companies in the wake of the army's seizure of power on Feb. 1.

    University teachers hold posters during a street march in Yangon, Myanmar, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. Social media giant Facebook announced Thursday it was banning all accounts linked to Myanmar's military as well as ads from military-controlled companies in the wake of the army's seizure of power on Feb. 1. Associated Press

  • In this image taken from video obtained by Than Lwin Khet News, a man holds a pointed instrument before he attacks an unidentified man on the sidewalk of Sule Pagoda Road in Yangon, Myanmar, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. Members of a group supporting Myanmar's military junta have attacked and injured people protesting against the army's Feb. 1 seizure of power that ousted the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi. (Than Lwin Thet News via AP)

    In this image taken from video obtained by Than Lwin Khet News, a man holds a pointed instrument before he attacks an unidentified man on the sidewalk of Sule Pagoda Road in Yangon, Myanmar, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. Members of a group supporting Myanmar's military junta have attacked and injured people protesting against the army's Feb. 1 seizure of power that ousted the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi. (Than Lwin Thet News via AP) Associated Press

  • In this image taken from video obtained by Than Lwin Khet News, a woman helps an unidentified man lying on the sidewalk of Sule Pagoda Road after he was attacked by a group of men in Yangon, Myanmar, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. Members of a group supporting Myanmar's military junta have attacked and injured people protesting against the army's Feb. 1 seizure of power that ousted the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi. (Than Lwin Thet News via AP)

    In this image taken from video obtained by Than Lwin Khet News, a woman helps an unidentified man lying on the sidewalk of Sule Pagoda Road after he was attacked by a group of men in Yangon, Myanmar, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. Members of a group supporting Myanmar's military junta have attacked and injured people protesting against the army's Feb. 1 seizure of power that ousted the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi. (Than Lwin Thet News via AP) Associated Press

  • Armed police with shield stand in formation during a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. Security forces in Myanmar's largest city on Friday fired warning shots and beat truncheons against their shields while moving to disperse more than 1,000 anti-coup protesters.

    Armed police with shield stand in formation during a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. Security forces in Myanmar's largest city on Friday fired warning shots and beat truncheons against their shields while moving to disperse more than 1,000 anti-coup protesters. Associated Press

  • Police stand in formation as they prepare to disperse protesters during a rally against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. Security forces in Myanmar's largest city of Yangon have fired warning shots and beat truncheons against their shields while moving to disperse more than 1,000 anti-coup protesters.

    Police stand in formation as they prepare to disperse protesters during a rally against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. Security forces in Myanmar's largest city of Yangon have fired warning shots and beat truncheons against their shields while moving to disperse more than 1,000 anti-coup protesters. Associated Press

  • Police officers talk with protesters during a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. Security forces in Myanmar's largest city of Yangon have fired warning shots and beat truncheons against their shields while moving to disperse more than 1,000 anti-coup protesters.

    Police officers talk with protesters during a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. Security forces in Myanmar's largest city of Yangon have fired warning shots and beat truncheons against their shields while moving to disperse more than 1,000 anti-coup protesters. Associated Press

  • Paramedics tend to an injured protester during a demonstration against the military coup in Mandalay, Myanmar, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. Security forces in Myanmar's largest city on Friday fired warning shots and beat truncheons against their shields while moving to disperse more than 1,000 anti-coup protesters.

    Paramedics tend to an injured protester during a demonstration against the military coup in Mandalay, Myanmar, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. Security forces in Myanmar's largest city on Friday fired warning shots and beat truncheons against their shields while moving to disperse more than 1,000 anti-coup protesters. Associated Press

  • An injured protester is tended to during a demonstration against the military coup in Mandalay, Myanmar, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. Security forces in Myanmar's largest city on Friday fired warning shots and beat truncheons against their shields while moving to disperse more than 1,000 anti-coup protesters.

    An injured protester is tended to during a demonstration against the military coup in Mandalay, Myanmar, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. Security forces in Myanmar's largest city on Friday fired warning shots and beat truncheons against their shields while moving to disperse more than 1,000 anti-coup protesters. Associated Press

  • A protester show bullets, shotgun shells and rubber bullets used by security forces during a demonstration against the military coup in Mandalay, Myanmar, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021.

    A protester show bullets, shotgun shells and rubber bullets used by security forces during a demonstration against the military coup in Mandalay, Myanmar, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. Associated Press

  • Paramedics tend to an injured protester during a demonstration against the military coup in Mandalay, Myanmar, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021.

    Paramedics tend to an injured protester during a demonstration against the military coup in Mandalay, Myanmar, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. Associated Press

  • An injured protester receives medical treatment during a demonstration against the military coup in Mandalay, Myanmar, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021.

    An injured protester receives medical treatment during a demonstration against the military coup in Mandalay, Myanmar, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. Associated Press

  • Police with shield stand in formation during a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. Security forces in Myanmar's largest city of Yangon have fired warning shots and beat truncheons against their shields while moving to disperse more than 1,000 anti-coup protesters.

    Police with shield stand in formation during a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. Security forces in Myanmar's largest city of Yangon have fired warning shots and beat truncheons against their shields while moving to disperse more than 1,000 anti-coup protesters. Associated Press

  • Protesters display images of deposed Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi as they take part in a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. Security forces in Myanmar's largest city on Friday fired warning shots and beat truncheons against their shields while moving to disperse more than 1,000 anti-coup protesters.

    Protesters display images of deposed Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi as they take part in a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. Security forces in Myanmar's largest city on Friday fired warning shots and beat truncheons against their shields while moving to disperse more than 1,000 anti-coup protesters. Associated Press

  • Protesters flash the three-fingered salute of resistance as they take part in a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. Tensions escalated Thursday on the streets of Yangon, Myanmar's biggest city, as supporters of Myanmar's junta attacked people protesting the military government that took power in a coup, using slingshots, iron rods and knives to injure several of the demonstrators.

    Protesters flash the three-fingered salute of resistance as they take part in a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. Tensions escalated Thursday on the streets of Yangon, Myanmar's biggest city, as supporters of Myanmar's junta attacked people protesting the military government that took power in a coup, using slingshots, iron rods and knives to injure several of the demonstrators. Associated Press

  • Students display images of deposed Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi during a street march in Mandalay, Myanmar, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. In the country's second-largest city, anti-coup protesters took to the streets Friday. By midday, security forces had blocked the main road in downtown Mandalay to prevent the protesters from gathering. A writing on wall, left background, reads "No Military Dictator."

    Students display images of deposed Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi during a street march in Mandalay, Myanmar, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. In the country's second-largest city, anti-coup protesters took to the streets Friday. By midday, security forces had blocked the main road in downtown Mandalay to prevent the protesters from gathering. A writing on wall, left background, reads "No Military Dictator." Associated Press

  • Motorist applaud while students march during a street march in Mandalay, Myanmar, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. In the country's second-largest city, anti-coup protesters took to the streets Friday. By midday, security forces had blocked the main road in downtown Mandalay to prevent the protesters from gathering.

    Motorist applaud while students march during a street march in Mandalay, Myanmar, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. In the country's second-largest city, anti-coup protesters took to the streets Friday. By midday, security forces had blocked the main road in downtown Mandalay to prevent the protesters from gathering. Associated Press

  • A protester on a motorbike flashes the three-fingered salute while soldiers and police take position to disperse protesters on one of the main roads in Mandalay, Myanmar, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. Security forces in Myanmar's largest city Yangon on Friday fired warning shots and beat truncheons against their shields while moving to disperse more than 1,000 anti-coup protesters.

    A protester on a motorbike flashes the three-fingered salute while soldiers and police take position to disperse protesters on one of the main roads in Mandalay, Myanmar, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. Security forces in Myanmar's largest city Yangon on Friday fired warning shots and beat truncheons against their shields while moving to disperse more than 1,000 anti-coup protesters. Associated Press

 
 
Posted2/26/2021 7:00 AM

YANGON, Myanmar -- Myanmar security forces cracked down on anti-coup protesters in the country's second-largest city on Friday, injuring at least three people, two of whom were shot in the chest by rubber bullets and another who suffered a wound on his leg.

Protesters had gathered on a wide road outside a park in Mandalay in the early afternoon when security forces arrived and began firing what sounded like gunshots and using flash bang grenades to disperse the crowd.

 

Bullets, shell casings, and other projectiles were later found by local residents on one of the main streets and shown to journalists.

The victims were all taken to a private clinic for treatment. One of the men who was shot in the chest with a rubber bullet also had a white bandage wrapped around his head. The man with an injured leg was later photographed in a cast that stretched from his foot to his knee.

The confrontations underscore the rising tensions between a growing popular revolt and the generals who toppled the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi in a Feb. 1 takeover that shocked the international community and reversed years of slow progress toward democracy.

Also Friday, a Japanese journalist covering a separate protest in Yangon, the country's largest city, was detained by police and later released, according to Japan's Kyodo news agency. Yuki Kitazumi could be seen in a video circulating among media as police seized him, with one of the officers briefly putting a truncheon around the journalist's neck.

Earlier in the day, security forces in Yangon fired warning shots and beat truncheons against their shields while moving to disperse more than 1,000 anti-coup protesters.

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The demonstrators had gathered in front of a popular shopping mall, holding placards and chanting slogans denouncing the Feb. 1 coup even as the security presence increased and a water-cannon truck was brought to the area.

When around 50 riot police moved against the protesters, warning shots could be heard, and at least one demonstrator was held by officers. Security forces chased the protesters off the main road and continued to pursue them in the nearby lanes, as some ducked into houses to hide.

On Thursday, supporters of Myanmar's junta attacked people protesting the military government, using slingshots, iron rods and knives to injure several of them. Photos and videos posted on social media showed groups attacking people in downtown Yangon as police stood by without intervening.

The violence erupted as hundreds marched in support of the coup. They carried banners in English with the slogans 'We Stand With Our Defence Services' and 'We Stand With State Administration Council,' which is the official name of the junta.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Late Thursday, police turned out in force in Yangon's Tarmwe neighborhood where they tried to clear the streets of residents protesting the military's appointment of a new administrator for one ward. Several arrests were made as people scattered in front of riot police who used flash bang grenades to disperse the crowd.

No pro-military rally appeared to be scheduled for Friday.

Suu Kyi has not been seen since the coup. Around 50 of her supporters held a prayer Friday opposite her home in Yangon. The mansion is where she spent many years under house arrest during previous military governments, and the residence has long had iconic status among her supporters.

'Because of the situation, on this day of the full moon we are sending love to, and reciting Buddha's teachings for Mother Suu, President U Win Myint and all those unlawfully detained,' said Hmuu Sitt yan Naing, who joined the prayer group.

It is believed Suu Kyi is currently being detained in the capital Naypyitaw. She is due to face a court on Monday on charges brought against her by the military junta. The charges are widely seen as politically motivated.

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