Eighteen people have reportedly died after security forces fired live ammunition on protestors in Myanmar. The actual count could be more.
On February 28, 2021, the ongoing protest took a violent turn when armed forces used ammunition against protestors. They also used tear gas, water cannon, stun grenades, and flash-bangs to push back the crowd. At least 18 deaths have been reported so far, with around 30 people being injured, according to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Deaths were reported in Yangon, Dawei, Mandalay, Myeik, Bago, and Pokokku. According to the Associated Press (AP), at least five people died in Yangon and Dawei each, according to the Associated Press (AP), which further added that it was difficult to assess the number of death. Still, photographs from the protests do show "circumstances of the killings and gruesome photos of bodies." AP also cited The Democratic Voice of Burma reporting "19 confirmed deaths in nine cities and ten unconfirmed" deaths so far.
The OHCHR, along with the UN chief, "strongly condemned the escalating violence and called for an immediate end to the use of force."
UN Human Rights Office Spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani said the people of Myanmar have the democratic right to demonstrate and demand a civilian government, and the armed forces should respect these rights and not suppress this with violence. At least 85 medical professionals and students, seven journalists have been detained, and over 1000 people have been "arbitrarily arrested" by the armed forces. Shamdasani called for their immediate release.
Despite the severe outcome from the demonstration on February 28, protestors are back on the streets protesting against the coup.