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Myanmar security forces shoot dead nine anti-coup protesters despite calls for restraint

  • 'Like Tiananmen Square' Police open fire at protesters in Myanmar, killing nine
    Myanmar security forces shoot dead nine anti-coup protesters despite calls for restraint 'Like Tiananmen Square' Police open fire at protesters in Myanmar, killing nine
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Myanmar security forces opened fire on protests against military rule on Wednesday, killing nine people, witnesses and media reported, a day after neighbouring countries called for restraint and offered to help Myanmar resolve the crisis.

The security forces resorted to live fire with little warning in several towns and cities, witnesses said, as the junta appeared more determined than ever to stamp out protests against the Feb. 1 coup that ousted the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi.

“It’s horrific, it’s a massacre. No words can describe the situation and our feelings,” youth activist Thinzar Shunlei Yi told Reuters via a messaging app.

A spokesman for the ruling military council did not answer telephone calls seeking comment.

In the central town of Myingyan, where one teenaged boy was killed, protest leader Si Thu Maung, told Reuters police initially fired tear gas and stun grenades but quickly opened fire.