Deadly unrest continues to grip Myanmar as ongoing protests challenge the country’s Feb. 1 military coup and President Biden and regional leaders are urging the restoration of democracy in that country.
Several more protesters were killed early Saturday, after 12 died on Thursday, reporter Michael Sullivan tells NPR. Reuters says at least six protesters have been killed in the past day.
Three died and several were injured when police opened fire on a sit-in protest in Mandalay, Myanmar’s second-biggest city, Reuters said, citing witness accounts. Reuters said another person was killed in the town of Pyay and two died in the commercial capital Yangon, according to domestic media.
More than 70 people have been killed by security forces since the military overthrew the country’s fragile democracy six weeks ago, according to U.N. Special Rapporteur on Myanmar Thomas Andrews.