Calls for spring revolution as Myanmar returns to the boil

World | REUTERS 3 May 2021

Myanmar security forces opened fire yesterday on some of the biggest protests against military rule in days, killing at least five people three months after a coup.

The protests, after a spell of dwindling crowds and what appeared to be some restraint by security forces, were coordinated with demonstrations in Myanmar communities around the world.

"Shake the world with the voice of Myanmar people's unity," the organizers said in talking of a "spring revolution."

Streams of demonstrators, some led by Buddhist monks, made their way through cities and towns including Yangon and second city Mandalay.

Two people were shot and killed in the central town of Wetlet, the Myanmar Now news outlet reported, and two in different towns in Shan State. One person was also reportedly killed in the northern jade-mining town of Hpakant.

The protests are only one of the problems the generals have brought on with their February 1 ouster of the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi.

Wars with ethnic minority insurgents in remote frontier regions have intensified significantly over the past three months.

In some places, civilians with crude weapons have battled security forces, and in central areas military and government facilities that have been secure for generations have been hit by rocket attacks and small explosions.



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