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Dozens of police officers are currently holed up in a village school in Mandalay Division, surrounded by angry local residents, after three people were shot on Thursday as police opened fire on farmers attempting to reclaim lands confiscated by Burma’s military.
Local residents said about 50 police officers forcibly entered the village of Nyaung Wun in Sint Gu Township on Thursday morning, where they were then confronted by a crowd of villagers at the local sporting grounds who demanded to know why they were there.
Three people were shot, with one woman seriously wounded and the other two sustaining only minor injuries, while another man was temporarily detained.
“The police gave no answer but then opened fire and Daw San Kyin Nu was injured on her leg. U Myint Kyi was arrested. Then the farmers and villagers got angry and clashed with the police,” said U Pannita, a monk who witnessed the incident.photo credit Kyaw Swar Myint
“The police took refuge at a village school located close to the sports grounds. Villagers have surrounded the school and asked police for the release of the villager, to explain what’s going on and bring justice for the shooting,” local resident Khin Maung Tint explained.