U.S. offers temporary legal residency to people from Myanmar


More than 80 people had been killed as at Saturday in widespread protests against the military's seizure of power last month, the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners advocacy group said.

At least three people were killed when security forces fired on anti-junta protesters in Myanmar on Sunday (Mar 14), witnesses and domestic media said, while the acting leader of the parallel civilian government said it will seek to give people the legal right to defend themselves.

The revolution, said Mahn Win Khaing Than, is a chance for all ethnicities, who have been suffered from oppression for decades, to work together for a federal democracy.

The US and the United Kingdom announced sanctions on military leaders of Myanmar, whereas, the UNSC condemned the coup.

One of the victims was shot in the head and the other was shot in the abdomen, according to local media covering the demonstrations in Hlaing Thar Yar Township in Yangon.

State-run media New Light of Myanmar said security forces had fired "warning shots" to disperse the crowd, and "an investigation is underway regarding the cause of death" of the two men.

The US government, on Friday, said that Myanmar citizens stranded by the violence, which is the result of the military coup would be granted temporary refuge in the US, the AFP reported.

Other unofficial but carefully compiled tallies put the number of deaths since the coup at around 90.

After-dark rallies was also held in Mandalay and elsewhere.

The US president held a virtual meeting with the Indian, Japanese and Australian leaders on Friday, the first official summit of the group known as the Quad, as part of a push to demonstrate a renewed US commitment to regional security.

The city has been utterly transformed since the coup, with key protest townships barricaded with sandbags, wooden fences and stacked tables - an attempt by demonstrators to stop security forces from entering.

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The NLD won a landslide victory in last year's election, but the military said the poll was fraudulent.

The nighttime protests may reflect a more aggressive approach to self-defense that has been advocated by some protesters.

Police had been aggressively patrolling residential neighborhoods at night, firing into the air and setting off stun grenades in an effort at intimidation.

"They raided a six-story building, and two snipers got on the roof and they started shooting random people", the activist, whose name is being withheld for their protection, told DW.

In at least two known cases, the detainees died in custody within hours of being taken away.

The photos show damage to part of a concrete support.

At the same time, it could also disrupt military reinforcements in Kachin, where ethnic guerrillas have been fighting the central government.

The junta's security forces have staged near-daily crackdowns against demonstrators calling for a return to democracy, deploying tear gas, rubber bullets and live rounds to quell anti-coup protests which have seen more than 70 killed.

Mayorkas said in a statement that the takeover has worsened humanitarian conditions, disrupted aid and medical flights into the country and brought on an economic crisis, making it hard for Myanmar nationals and longtime residents to return to the country safely.

Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party led a return to civilian rule with a landslide election victory in 2015, and an even greater margin of votes past year.

The country has been in crisis since the army ousted Aung San Suu Kyi's elected government last month, detained her and set up a ruling junta of generals.