Two people protesting Myanmar’s military coup were shot and killed by police in Mandalay, the country’s second largest city, local media reported, per The Associated Press. Emergency workers confirmed the news to Reuters, as well. Several other serious injuries were reported on what turned into the bloodiest day since the pro-democracy movement began more than a week ago.
The mass demonstrations took shape in the wake of the military junta seizing power from Myanmar’s elected government leaders earlier this month. While the atmosphere around them was initially calm, security forces have since increased their efforts to curb the movement, reportedly using water cannons, tear gas, rubber bullets, and live rounds.
On Friday, a woman who was shot by police earlier in the week died, marking the first confirmed fatality since the protests began. Despite the violence, the demonstrations reportedly show no signs of slowing down. Read more at The Associated Press and The Guardian.