Security forces in Myanmar once again met protests against last month’s military takeover with lethal force on Saturday, killing at least four people by shooting live ammunition at demonstrators, witnesses and local media reported.
Three deaths were reported in Mandalay, the country’s second-biggest city, and one in Pyay, a town in south-central Myanmar. There were multiple reports on social media of the deaths, along with photos of dead and wounded people in both locations.
More than 70 people have been killed in Myanmar in widespread protests against a February 1 military coup, the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) advocacy group has said, a figure supported by the independent UN human rights expert for Myanmar, Tom Andrews.
Al Jazeera’s Tony Cheng, reporting from neighbouring Thailand, said the protests have also spread to smaller towns.
“We have also seen protests spread widely … not just in large urban centres where they were immediately after the coup but in small towns all across the country,” he said.