Myanmar security forces shot dead nine opponents of the February 1 coup on Friday. Indonesia, urged an end to the violence and the restoration of democracy, in an unusually blunt call from a neighbor, the media reported.
The Security Forces opened fire in a confrontation in the central town of Aungban as they tried to clear a protestors’ barricade.
“Security forces came to remove barriers but the people resisted and they fired shots,” the witness, who remains to be anonymous said.
An official with Aungban’s funerary service, who wishes to remain anonymous, told Reuters that eight people were killed, seven on spot and one wounded, who later died after being taken to the hospital.
According to the latest report and a tally by the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners activist group, the total number of people killed in the weeks of unrest has risen to at least 233.
High-profile countries of the west have condemned the coup and called for an end to the violence and for Suu Kyi’s release. Asian neighbors, led by Indonesia, have offered to help find a solution but a March 3 regional meeting failed to make headway.