Riot police in Myanmar last week opened fire on thousands of protesters in major cities throughout the country, killing at least 56 persons and injuring scores of others.
It was described as the “bloodiest” week so far amid a series of peaceful demonstrations being held by ordinary citizens to demand the restoration of democracy and reinstatement of Aung San Suu Kyi’s government, after the military staged a coup last February 1.
Violence flared after tear gas and warning shots failed to clear the streets of thousands indignant citizens intent on showing their disgust over the imposition of a martial law regime in the wake of the toppling of the hugely-popular government led by Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD).
Myanmar has been in a state of widespread unrest since the military seized power and arrested the democratically-elected Suu Kyi and most of her leaders.
The generals claimed massive fraud in the November 2020 national polls which saw the NLD win 83 percent of the parliamentary seats up for grabs.
Photo: The Bangkok Post