MYANMAR: Nineteen people has been sentenced to death for killing an army associate Captain


19 people have been sentenced to death in Myanmar for killing an associate of an army captain, The report said the killing took place on March 27 in the North Okkalapa district of Yangon, Myanmar’s biggest city. Martial law has been declared in the district, allowing courts martial to pronounce sentences.

Troops fired rifle grenades at anti-coup protesters on Friday in the town of Bago, near Yangon, witnesses and news reports said. At least 10 people were killed and their bodies piled up inside a pagoda, they said.

The military rulers who overthrew an elected government said Friday the protest campaign against its rule was dwindling because people wanted peace, and that it would hold elections within two years — the first timeframe it has given for a return to democracy.

Atleast 20 people were “killed and many wounded”. It was not possible to get a precise toll because troops had cordoned off the area near the pagoda. According to report

Over 600 people have been killed by security forces cracking down on protests against the coup, according to an activist group. The country has ground to a standstill because of the protests and widespread strikes against military rule.