A doctor’s march starts a new day of protests in Myanmar

A peaceful march by medical professionals in Myanmar’s second largest city this morning, Sunday, began another day of protest across the country against the coup that took place last month.

Security forces shot at least one person at a rally elsewhere.

As the mass protest became more dangerous, anti-coup protesters moved to Mandalay early to reduce the risk of confrontation with security forces.

The Independent Association in Support of Political Prisoners has verified 247 post-coup deaths nationwide.

The association said the real total could be much higher, including those cases where verification was difficult.

The association also confirmed that 2,345 people have been arrested or charged and are still being held or wanted for arrest in 1994.

About 100 doctors, nurses, medical students and pharmacists in long white coats lined a main street in Mandalay to chant slogans and declare their opposition to the February 1 coup that overthrew the elected civilian government of Leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Control of the military reversed the slow progress towards democracy that began when Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy won the 2015 elections after five decades of military rule.

Mandalay is the main center of opposition to the takeover. In recent weeks, the number of protesters has declined amid deadly actions by police and army soldiers who fired live ammunition into the crowd.

On Sunday, engineers in Mandalay carried out the so-called “human-free strike”, an increasingly widespread technique in which signs were placed on streets or other public places instead of human demonstrators.

While the early morning Mandalay march was not harassed by security forces, at least one protester was shot dead in Monywa, another city in central Myanmar, according to the online news site Myanmar Now and numerous social media posts.

According to a doctor in Monewa, Myanmar Now identified the victim as Min Min Zaw, who was shot in the head while helping to raise barriers for the protest on Sunday.

Almost all deaths since the coup have been caused by the shooting of the victims, and in many cases the injuries have been to the head.

The resistance issue over the weekend was supported by demonstrations in various locations abroad, including Tokyo and Taipei in Taiwan and Times Square in New York City.

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