Another anti-coup protester has been shot dead and another fatally stabbed in Myanmar as a UN envoy urged a divided Security Council to hear the nation’s “desperate pleas” and take swift action to restore democracy.
Despite an increasingly brutal crackdown by the military authorities that has seen more than 50 people killed, protesters took to the streets again in towns around the country on Friday to denounce the February 1 coup.
In Mandalay, Myanmar’s second-largest city, hundreds of engineers took to the streets crying “Free our leader” in reference to ousted State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, detained by the military since the first night of the takeover.
A 26-year-old man helping set up barriers in the city to slow security forces died after being shot in the neck, medical officials told AFP news agency.
An official from Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy was also stabbed to death along with his 17-year-old nephew in an apparent mob attack in the central Magwe region, local media reported.
The killings follow the deadliest day of the crackdown so far on Wednesday, when the UN said at least 38 people were killed as graphic images showed security forces firing into crowds and bloodied bodies dragged away.