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TOKYO: Japan strongly condemned the shootings of demonstrators by the Myanmar security apparatus that have caused casualties among civilians and offered condolences to the bereaved and expressed heartfelt sympathies to those injured.
The foreign ministry in Tokyo on Sunday officially stated that using force with guns against peaceful protests can never be tolerated.
“The Government of Japan strongly urges the Myanmar security apparatus to immediately stop resorting to violence against civilians,” it said.
The ministry stressed that the Japanese government, once again, strongly urges the Myanmar military to release those who are detained including State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and to swiftly restore Myanmar’s democratic political system.
Riot police in Myanmar reportedly shot dead two anti-coup protesters and injured several others on Saturday, as security forces increased pressure on popular revolt against the military takeover.
One of the victims was shot in the head and died immediately during the latest rally in the second-largest city of Mandalay, according to Frontier Myanmar, a news and business magazine.
Another was shot in the chest and died en route to a hospital. Several other serious injuries were also reported. The shootings occurred near Mandalay’s Yadanabon dock, where tear gas, rubber bullets, water cannons and slingshots were used on protesters earlier Saturday.