In Myanmar a military truck rammed into a group of protesters

On Myanmar Eyewitnesses told local media that soldiers opened fire on some fleeing protesters and beat others.

Since the February coup, more than 1,200 people have died during the protests and thousands more have been jailed.

The army said it arrested 11 people in this latest protest. Three were injured, one is in critical condition.

The military did not confirm whether a truck had entered the group, but said it had dispersed a crowd of “riots.”

The local MPA news agency said it believed two of its reporters were among those arrested. One of them appeared to be injured and had lost contact with the other, the agency said.

Witnesses assured that the military truck rammed the protesters in the city of Yango.

The protest against the junta was one of at least three that took place in Yangon on Sunday. Since military forces have often opened fire on protesters in the past, demonstrations are often carried out in small organized groups to minimize casualties.

Witnesses said this latest “lightning” protest was struck minutes after it began.

“They hit me and I fell in front of a truck. A soldier hit me with his rifle, but I defended myself and pushed him back. Then, he immediately shot me as I fled in a zigzag pattern. Fortunately, I escaped,” one protester said. to the Reuters news agency.

International reaction to repression in Myanmar

The UN has said that military repression could amount to crimes against humanity, but its envoys have been repeatedly denied access to Myanmar to investigate.

The junta has justified the pre-dawn coup in February by claiming that there was electoral fraud in last year’s general elections, that the party of Myanmar’s then-leader, Aung Sang Suu Kyi, won by overwhelming majority.

Independent election observers say the voting was largely free and fair, and the criminal charges brought against Ms Suu Kyi have been widely criticized on political grounds.

Many of the activists who led the peaceful civil disobedience movement earlier this year have gone into hiding or gone to border areas to receive military training from ethnic insurgents based there.

Voluntary armed people’s defense forces in cities and towns across the country have carried out hundreds of bombings and assassinations against officials working with the military government.

The army has responded with a scorched earth campaign against areas where armed resistance has been strongest, burning houses and driving tens of thousands into forests and across the border into India.

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