Myanmar’s security forces launched a night-time raids campaign in Yangon, after dispersing them by force, the latest protests against the coup that took place in early February.
Demonstrators took part in separate protests across Myanmar, and local media reported that police fired tear gas canisters and stun grenades to disperse protesters in the Sanchong area of Yangon, the country’s largest city. There were no reports of injuries.
Residents said that soldiers and police penetrated several areas of the city, and fired shots late at night, and added that they had arrested at least 3 people in Kyauctada district.
The Association for the Assistance of Political Prisoners said that more than 1,500 people have been arrested under the military council to date.
This association and the United Nations indicated that more than 50 protesters had died.
Meanwhile, India said on Saturday that the coup authorities in Myanmar had asked them to return a number of defected police officers who had fled to it, to avoid implementing the orders of the ruling military council.
Maria Zawali – an official in the Indian Mizoram State Police – said that she had received a letter from her counterpart in Valam district in Myanmar, in which he requested the return of 8 policemen “in order to strengthen friendly relations between the two countries.”
The number of police in Myanmar who defected and refused to implement the orders of the military council reached 100, days after a bloody crackdown on the anti-coup protesters.
The Southeast Asian country has been plunged into turmoil since the military ousted elected leader Aung San Sochi and detained her on February 1.