Protesters took the riot to the streets of Myanmar’s capital Naypyitaw on Wednesday after the insurgents had faced the roughest day due to the attack of police. Yet the coup is being continued to transfer democracy under elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
The United States and United Nations blasted at the use of force against protesters. The protesters’ propaganda was reversing the coup and the release of Suu Kyi and other detained leaders of her National League for Democracy (NLD) and activists.
“We cannot stay quiet,” youth leader Esther Ze Naw told Reuters. “If there is bloodshed during our peaceful protests, then there will be more if we let them take over the country.”
The streets of Naypyitaw were full of raucous and disorder because countless government workers walked in favor of a civil disobedience campaign. It was supported by doctors, teachers, and railway workers, among others.
One doctor reported that one protester might have been shot to the head and she was admitted to hospital with critical damage. She was injured when the police started firing at the protesters. Though, they shot in the air to scare the protesters. Instead of clearing the passage, they began to attack police with stones and bricks. When police fired in the air in Naypyitaw, three more people were injured from the rubber bullets.
The protesters revolted in other cities and many hundreds got hurt in Mandalay. They were dispersed by powerful water cannon and air fire. The U.S. State Department acknowledged the chaotic deposition and stated to make sure that the exploiters for the coup face “significant consequences.”
“We repeat our calls for the military to relinquish power, restore democratically elected government, release those detained and lift all telecommunication restrictions and to refrain from violence,” spokesman Ned Price said in Washington.
On the other hand, “The use of disproportionate force against demonstrators is unacceptable,” Ola Almgren, the U.N. representative in Myanmar, said.
The protests have become the most ferocious in Myanmar for more than a decade. It reminds the heart-breaking tragedies of almost half a century of direct army rule and spasms of bloody uprisings.
According to the state media, at least 60 people were arrested from the revolt n various parts of Myanmar on Tuesday.
With water cannon and tear gas attack, many protesters were severely injured.
Large crowd gatherings and night-time curfews are currently banned in several cities of Myanmar. The military leader Min Aung Hlaing warns that no one is above the law and consequences for disobeying the law are serious.
A resident described the scenes outside her house as “total chaos”.
“My biggest fear is our safety because there are lots of people on the roads protesting but there’s also a lot of violence from police officers. We don’t know when we’ll be shot at or when they will arrest us,” she told BBC Outside Source on World Service radio.”