Three protesters killed in North Okkalapa on March 3 received an emotional farewell at Yangon’s Yayway Cemetery, with more than 500 mourners chanting slogans and giving the three-finger salute.
On the afternoon of March 5, a chorus of applause rang out at the Yayway Cemetery, in Yangon’s North Okkalapa Township. Yet the tears in the eyes of the hundreds who had gathered demonstrated that the clapping and cheering was not out of joy and happiness, but grief and determination.
Frontier confirmed at least 17 people were killed by security forces nationwide on March 3, although some sources put the toll as high as 38. Since the February 1 coup, about 50 protesters are thought to have died at the hands of security forces.
Of all the crackdowns on protesters, few have been as vicious or deadly as the one in North Okkalapa, a sprawling suburb on Yangon’s northern outskirts, on March 3, when at least seven young men were killed.
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