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Myanmar News – Martial law imposed in parts of Myanmar; death toll by police crackdown increases

As protests in Myanmar against the Myanmar military, Tatmadaw is intensifying so does the police crackdown on the protesters on the streets are very much intensifying.

World News – Myanmar News – As protests in Myanmar against the Myanmar military, Tatmadaw is intensifying so does the police crackdown on the protesters on the streets are very much intensifying. Myanmar forces are gradually increasing their crackdown on largely peaceful protesters in the country. So as a result, the death toll caused by the crackdown is going up as well.

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Myanmar News – Martial law imposed in parts of Myanmar; death toll by police crackdown increases (Pic Courtesy: AP)

On Sunday alone, which is considered to be the deadliest day of protests and crackdown till now has left 38 people dead, mostly in the city of Yangon which is the largest city in Myanmar. Out of the 38 dead, 22 deaths were reported in Yangon’s Hlaing Thar Yar town alone and in Shweypyitha town.

The entire city of Yangon was officially brought under martial law which was announced State Administrative Council on state-run MRTV. It appeared to be the first time in six weeks since the coup, a city is brought under a martial law by the government. The Yangon Regional Commander is entrusted with all judicial, military and administrative powers now.

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Four more deaths were reported in cities of Bago and Mandalay and Hpakant in Kachin state. In Yangon protesters were seen wearing construction hats and yellow vests and even gas masks trying to evade streets and roads deployed with police forces. Protesters come up with new tactics and ideas as well to evade police forces.

Protesters were seen using fire extinguishers retrieved from buildings, using them to expel tear gases used by police forces. In another incident, protesters used candle lights and phone lights to rally against the police force in nights especially after darkness. These night protests take place even after the government imposed a night curfew.

The protesters are also witty enough at same places to gather and unite or to disband and divide in a fraction of seconds to outsmart the police. Some protesters dragged those who were shot and injured back to safety quickly to treat them medically.

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On Saturday, a civilian leader named Wing Khaing Than who was designated as the acting vice-president and who is currently in hiding pledged his support for the revolution against the military junta. He was a member of Aung San Suu Kyi’s NLD party and represents Myanmar’s ousted lawmakers in the current scenario.

“This is the darkest moment of the nation and the moment that the dawn is close,” he said in a video posted on the shadow government’s website and social media.

“In order to form a federal democracy, which all ethnic brothers who have been suffering various kinds of oppressions from the dictatorship for decades really desired, this revolution is the chance for us to put our efforts together,” he said.

He added: “We will never give up to an unjust military, but we will carve our future together with our united power. Our mission must be accomplished.”

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At the end of the video clip, he made his three-finger which represents the solidarity of resistance against Military. Death toll in Myanmar is estimated at above 100 deaths, but no numbers on death tolls are certain as the forces retrieve the bodies of those were shot for their own record and these estimates are by the people made with count of dead persons on the ground.