Eight dead at Spring Evolution Day in Myanmar, explosions in Yangon

In Myanmar, there have been another deaths in demonstrations against the military coup dรฉtat. According to news agencies, protesters were more massive than last few weeks.

According to media reports, at least eight protesters have been killed by security forces in the Southeast Asian country today. In the past period, it seemed that fewer and fewer people were willing to demonstrate, and the military also seemed more reluctant to use force.

Spring Evolution Day

May 2 had been renamed Worldwide Myanmar Spring Evolution Day by opponents of the military regime. In many cities, crowds of people went out to the streets with flags and banners. It was also demonstrated abroad. For example, in New York and Taipei in Taiwan there were demonstrations for democracy in Myanmar and against the military regime.

The protests in the country itself were often short-lived for fear of the army:

In Yangon, the largest city in the country, there were multiple explosions. According to state television, there were 11 explosions in 36 hours. As far as we know, no one has claimed responsibility. State broadcasting claims they were the work of rioters who planted homemade bombs at government buildings.

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various places in the country, groups of civilians have picked up their weapons. Army posts have become the target of sabotage or attacks.

Attacks by rebel groups

In the border regions, several rebel groups have been fighting for the interests of ethnic minorities for years. These battles have been heavily flared up since the coup on 1 February. This week, for example, a militia at the border with Thailand attacked a government army camp. According to the UN, thousands of people have been fleeing from violence.

Three months ago, the military summit took over power from the democratically elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi. The 75-year-old leader has been under house arrest ever since. The military elite claim that last Novembers elections were unfair. But according to observation organizations, none of that is true.

Hundreds of dead

In three months, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, more than 760 protesters were killed by security forces. The number of politically motivated arrests since the coup dรฉtat stands at 3555.