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News ID: 50935
Publish Date: 15:43 - 08 March 2021
Monday, 08 March 2021_Two protesters have been killed as anti-coup rallies continue across Myanmar amid calls for a general strike and as the military junta ramps up night raids to arrest rally organizers.

Myanmar unrest: Deadly crackdown in response to protests, general strikeIn its latest move to consolidate power, the military occupied hospitals and university campuses on Monday in the face of mass resistance to its violent rule. 

The Southeast Asian country plunged into chaos after the junta staged a coup d’état in the early hours of February 1, ousting elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her party officials.

The junta leaders have responded to the protests with an increasingly brutal crackdown, which includes night raids on activists and their arrests. 

So far, more than 50 people have been killed and nearly 1,800 arrested, according to sources monitoring the police and military response to the chaotic situation.

Two protesters died on Monday after being shot in the head as shops, factories and banks were closed in the main city of Yangon in a general strike, that has been organzied as part of a civil disobedience movement against the coup.

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