People protesting against the military coup in Myanmar last month took to the streets again on Thursday. Security forces opened fire on the demonstrators a day earlier, killing at least 38 people. Protests were again held in three areas of Yangon, the country’s largest city, where violence has been witnessed for the past few days.
The social media showed that the police used force again to disperse the crowd. Demonstrations are also on in Mandalay, the country’s second largest city. On Thursday morning, five fighter jets were seen hovering over the city. Krusten Schrenger Bergner, the UN special envoy to Myanmar, said 38 people died on Wednesday. This figure of deaths is the highest since February 1 when the army overthrew the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi.
Since then more than 50 civilians have been confirmed killed by police and soldiers, mostly people who were peaceful protesters. The United Nations Security Council is scheduled to hold talks on Friday to end the coup and to stop the actions being taken by the military, which will also include UN Secretary-General Antonio Gutaras.