Thousands of people have continued to protest in the streets ever since a military coup took place on 1 February in Myanmar.
Police have been brutally attacking the protesters and nine people lost their lives during the latest attacks on 4 March. According to local sources, at least two people were killed in Mandalay, one person was killed in Yangon and another was killed in Myingan. Five people were reported to have also lost their lives in other cities in the country.
Whilst hundreds of people were injured during the attacks, several people were detained as well. The fate of the detained organisers of the marches remains unknown. After the murder of eighteen people over the weekend, nine more people were killed in what has been described by some observers as ‘one of the bloodiest days after the coup in the country’.
Despite the human rights violations and brutal attacks against the demonstrators, the public protests continue. Meanwhile, during a meeting of foreign ministers of the member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the countries decided to impose sanctions against Myanmar. There has also been a call for the release of those arrested, including the country’s leader who has been imprisoned by the military regime.