The news portal “Myanmar Now” wrote citing three hospitals in a tweet of 59 dead and 129 injured in the former capital Yangon alone. State television announced that the military imposed martial law in several parts of the city. With the imposition of martial law, soldiers no longer have to wait for an order from the military leadership during operations, but can shoot in the affected districts or occupy houses if they see fit.
There had previously been arson attacks on several Chinese textile factories in the former capital. According to the Chinese embassy, numerous workers were injured. She called on the authorities to protect Chinese businesses and Chinese citizens. It is unclear who was responsible for the arson attacks.
“The military is afraid of the Chinese government, so it wants to protect China’s property, but not the lives of us civilians,” a resident of Yangon told the dpa news agency. According to a demonstrator, the number of those killed on Sunday is higher than officially known because bodies were brought to hospitals or families took them home.
After the coup on February 1, the military junta imposed a one-year state of emergency. The demonstrators are demanding a return to democratic reforms, the reinstatement of their civilian government and the release of the head of government, Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been under house arrest. The 75-year-old had clearly won the parliamentary election in November.
Meanwhile, Suu Kyi should be questioned again by a court on Monday. It is her third video hearing from house arrest. No lawyer was admitted to the first two court hearings. The politician is charged with several offenses, including violating the country’s foreign trade laws.