Myanmar army truck barrels into anti-government protesters

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Soldiers are transported in a truck in Myanmar
Soldiers are transported in a truck in Myanmar

A Myanmar army truck barreled into anti-government protesters on Sunday, reportedly leaving three people dead.

The incident occurred in Tangon, where about 30 people were protesting, The Associated Press reported, citing a member of Yangon People's Strike, the resistance organization that planned the protest. At least three demonstrations took place in the city that day, which is Myanmar's largest area.

Three individuals are believed to be dead, according to the AP. A witness told the news wire that after the military truck drove into the demonstration, three people were seen lying on the road and not moving.

The rally came one day before the verdict in a criminal case against Myanmar civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi is set to emerge, according to the AP. The decision will mark the first verdict in roughly a dozen criminal cases Suu Kyi is facing.

Similar demonstrations were reportedly underway in other parts of Myanmar.

A small army truck was seen accelerating into the protesters from the back end, according to a social media video cited by the AP.

In the video, voices can be heard saying "The car is coming ... Please help! It hit the children ... Oh! ... Dead! ... Run, ... run!" the AP reported. Additionally, roughly a dozen people are depicted running away from the area.

One witness said five armed soldiers emerged from the truck and started chasing protesters, according to the AP. The witness also said the soldiers" opened fire and also arrested young people who had been hit by the car."

They said at least 10 people were arrested, according to the AP.

Since the army took over, security forces on a number of instances have utilized cars to assault protesters, the AP noted.

They have also utilized live ammunition in previous attacks, which in turn have killed roughly 1,300 civilians, the AP reported, citing the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners.

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