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Myanmar Junta Security Forces Kill at Least 2 Protesters, Injure 8 in Town of Aungban

Policemen patrol in Yangon, Myanmar, Friday, March 19, 2021. Authorities in Myanmar arrested a spokesman for ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s political party as they intensify efforts to choke off the spread of information about growing protests…

Security forces in Myanmar fired live rounds and tear gas on anti-coup protesters Friday, killing at least two people and injuring at least eight others in the central town of Aungban in the eastern Shan state.

Several demonstrators were arrested in Aungban, as protesters again took to the streets there end elsewhere, including the cities of Yangon and Mandalay, and towns of Myingyan and Katha, and Myawaddy, according to witnesses and media reports.

The Associated Press is reporting that authorities have arrested a spokesperson for National League for Democracy, the party of ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

There are also media reports and witness accounts that people are fleeing the country, as the crackdown has intensified, during which more than 230 people have been killed and about 2,000 arrested since the coup on February 1.

The junta imposed martial law on six townships in Yangon, Myanmar’s commercial hub, effectively putting about 2 million people under direct control of the military.

The United States and other Western countries have condemned the coup and called for an end to the violence. They have also called for the release of Suu Kyi and other leaders arrested.