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Burma Security Forces Kill 13 Protesters; Small Blasts Hit Yangon

Burma (also known as Myanmar) troops fired at anti-coup protesters on Wednesday, killing at least 13 people and wounding several, media said, as a series of small blasts hit the commercial capital Yangon and a Chinese-owned factory was set on fire. The country’s military ruler said the civil disobedience movement was “destroying” Burma. More than 580 people have been killed, according to an activist group, in the turmoil in Burma since a Feb. 1 coup that ended a brief period of civilian-led democracy. Nationwide protests and strikes have persisted since then despite the military’s use of lethal force to quell the opposition. Security forces opened fire on Wednesday on protesters in the northwestern town of Kale as they demanded the restoration of Aung San Suu Kyi’s civilian government, domestic media said. A resident of the area and the Myanmar Now news outlet said 11 people were killed and several wounded. …

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