By Lucky Uwakina (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – At least two people were shot dead during protests in Myanmar’s largest city on Sunday, as security forces continued their violent crackdown against dissent following last month’s military coup.
One of the victims was shot in the head and the other was shot in the abdomen, according to local media covering the demonstrations in Hlaing Thar Yar Township in Yangon. Video posted on social media showed crowds of people, some wearing hard hats and gas masks, running down a street amid sounds of gunfire. The demonstrators quickly sprayed vapor from fire extinguishers as they retreated.
The use of fire extinguishers — common now in protests across Myanmar — is intended to smother tear gas and also create a vapor screen that makes it harder for police to pursue or shoot demonstrators.
There were also reports of injuries from live rounds and rubber bullets. Billows of black smoke could be seen after security forces reportedly set roadblocks on fire. On Saturday, the civilian leader of Myanmar’s government in hiding vowed to continue supporting a “revolution” to oust the military that seized power in the Feb. 1 coup.