Several More Coup Protesters Killed in Myanmar
In Myanmar. The military junta has declared martial law in parts of Yangon, the country's largest city. Now the move follows one of the most lethal crackdowns by security forces against protesters since February, 1st when the military seized control of the government. Local media say nearly 40 people were killed Sunday. Now, despite this protesters were out on the streets again Today reporter Michael Sullivan joins us now from neighboring Thailand. Michael the government seems very motivated on putting an end to these demonstrations. What's the latest? They are motivated. But there were more demonstrations again today as you mentioned in Yangon in Myanmar, second city, Mandalay and elsewhere, and there are reports of more protesters killed by security forces again today as well This after yesterday's violence, the younguns suburb of linked our yard where security forces used live ammunition against protesters, killing dozens. And where several Chinese owned or managed factories were set on fire. It's not clear by whom, though state run media claims protesters prevented firefighters from reaching some of those factories, the Chinese Embassy said. Several of its citizens were injured in those fires and ask the military to protect Chinese property and its citizens, and the Hunter has responded by declaring martial law in length Dario and five other townships. Do we know why those factories were set on fire? No, there is this perception shared by many in Myanmar. I think that China has been largely supportive of the coup makers and hasn't really called out the military for seizing power is the U. S. And Great Britain and others have done And that's really frustrating. Too many Indian mark trying to get this cool overturned and this anti Chinese feeling is real enough that after these fires, according to Reuters, Hi. One advised Taiwanese companies Indian mark to fly the island's flag outside their businesses to avoid being mistaken for mainland China owned businesses. Still no word, though, from depose civilian leader on son Souci since her arrest of February 1st up it's Saturday, a high ranking official member of her party, the National League for Democracy, urged protesters You continue to resist, Michael, is this having any effect? It doesn't seem to be. I mean, the party's acting vice president has been in hiding along with many other NLD leaders, and he surfaced on video on Saturday, calling this the darkest moment for the nation and urged the NLD supporters and Myanmar's ethnic minority groups, some of whom have armed wings who've been fighting against the military for decades. Come together and continue what he called this revolution. But the speech doesn't seem to have gotten much traction among the protesters or the ethnic minority groups and the demonstrators don't need any more encouragement there Disobedience movement and a general strike. Have already brought much of the economy to a halt.