At least 2 people shot dead in Myanmar anti-coup protests

YANGON (HRNW) — At least two people were shot dead during protests in Myanmar’s largest city on Sunday, as security forces continued their violent crackdown against dissent following last month’s military coup.

One of the victims was shot in the head and the other was shot in the abdomen, according to local media covering the demonstrations in Hlaing Thar Yar Township in Yangon.

Video posted on social media showed crowds of people, some wearing hard hats and gas masks, running down a street amid sounds of gunfire. The demonstrators quickly sprayed vapor from fire extinguishers as they retreated.

The use of fire extinguishers — common now in protests across Myanmar — is intended to smother tear gas and also create a vapor screen that makes it harder for police to pursue or shoot demonstrators.

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