(ZeroHedge News) - There are widespread reports emerging Monday out of Myanmar that military and police are using increasingly harsh and potentially deadly tactics to quash anti-coup protests there.
Despite a near total internet and telecommunications outage across the country social media videos are being posted of large-scale troop and armored vehicle deployments to the streets. Chaotic scenes of blasts and flash-bangs show anti-riot tactics deployed on crowds, but also suggest 'live fire' could be happening - though there's still conflicting reports over whether security forces are using live ammo or rubber bullets.
#UPDATES Hundreds of engineering and technology students gather in the north of Myanmar's largest city of Yangon, following an overnight internet blackout and the deployment of troops on the streets, according to an @AFP photographer pic.twitter.com/uWX4Oosknl— AFP News Agency (@AFP) February 15, 2021
And on Monday the Associated Press reports that security forces have been seen aiming rifles at groups of protesters:
"More than 1,000 protesters were rallying in front of the Myanmar Economic Bank in Mandalay, the country's second-largest city, when at least 10 trucks full of soldiers and police arrived and started firing slingshots toward the protesters before they even got out of the trucks, according to a photographer who witnessed the events.
The soldiers and police then attacked the protesters with sticks and slingshots, and police could be seen aiming long guns into the air amid sounds that resembled gunfire. Local media reported that rubber bullets were also fired into the crowd, and that a few people were injured.
Police were also seen pointing guns toward the protesters."
This @IrrawaddyNews photo going viral in #Myanmar from the violent crackdown on protest in Mandalay this afternoon. Plainclothes soldier carrying an air rifle. Footage also shows him pointing it towards the upper levels of a building in the street.#WhatsHappeningInMyanmar pic.twitter.com/pN2LQR7dMd— Poppy McPherson (@poppymcp) February 15, 2021
Anti-coup protesters on social media have begun alleging police are resorting to live ammunition to disperse demonstrators:
By all appearances the protesters are getting bolder in their tactics, which is likely to provoke a fiercer response from security forces.
Some people telling me from #Yangon #Myanmar that places allegedly set on fire. Video sent to me is a golf course at Star City being deliberately set on fire they say. Neighborhood slightly upper class with some foreigners living there #WhatIsHappeningInMyanmar pic.twitter.com/e1gsWy6vYP— May Wong (@MayWongCNA) February 14, 2021
Protesters in Myanmar keep up demands for the release of ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and an end to military rule despite the deployment of military vehicles and more soldiers on the streets https://t.co/qxeFDrnCfB #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar #Coup15Feb pic.twitter.com/Ett1FMyzkG— soe zeya tun (@soezeya) February 15, 2021
The United States among other nations recently formally declared it recognizes that a coup d'état has occurred, which began Feb. 1 with the arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi and other civilian leaders.