The march was one of the demonstrations in the country ahead of the first verdict of a dozen criminal cases against the leader Aung San Suu Kyi
An army vehicle lashed out at a peaceful march by anti-government protesters into Burma’s largest city, Yangon, killing at least five people, according to international media. The march was one of three held on Sunday in Yangon, reports AP, and similar demonstrations were reported in other parts of the country a day before the verdict expected in the first of a dozen criminal cases against the leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
A witness told AP that the protesters had only been on his way for just two minutes when the military truck hit them. “About five armed soldiers got out of the vehicle and chased the demonstrators,” said the witness, “They opened fire and also arrested young people who were hit by the car. At least 10 people were arrested ».
About 30 people took part in the march, according to a member of the Yangon People’s Strike, the local resistance group that organized it. Videos posted online show protesters carrying Suu Kyi placards calling for the immediate release of the civilian leaders detained in the country.