At least four people were shot and killed during protests in Myanmar on Sunday, as the military began what appeared to be its toughest crackdown yet on the daily demonstrations against its month-old coup.
As large protests took place across the country, the security forces seemed to be taking a more aggressive approach, resorting more quickly to gunfire and moving in to arrest groups of demonstrators before their marches could begin.
In the southern city of Dawei, the police opened fire on a crowd of hundreds, witnesses said. At least three people were killed and more than 50 wounded, said Dr. Tun Min, who was treating the injured at a hospital. A second doctor, who asked not to be named for fear of retaliation, confirmed those numbers.
In Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city, a 23-year-old man named Hein Htut Aung was shot and killed at a protest. His death was confirmed by Nadi Ayar Hospital, where he was taken after the shooting.
The deaths on Sunday brought the number of people shot and killed in the protests to at least seven since the Feb. 1 coup, which ousted the civilian government led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s most popular politician.