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Myanmar junta accuses Suu Kyi of taking bribes as 10 killed in protests

Yangon, Myanmar, Mar 11 (efe-epa).- Myanmar’s military junta has accused Aung San Suu Kyi of taking illegal bribes in cash and gold in what was the latest charges leveled against the democratically-elected leader since she was overthrown on Feb. 1.

Brig. Gen. Zaw Min Tun, spokesman for the junta, told a press conference that Suu Kyi had accepted some $600,000 in illegal payments, according to local channel DVB.

Suu Kyi has remained in detention for five weeks and faces a number of accusations from the military junta.

Myanmar security forces killed at least 10 protesters in a clampdown on anti-coup demonstration Thursday.

In Myaing, central Magway region, six people were killed when forces opened fire during a protest, and at least eight were wounded, a local hospital worker confirmed.

One person was shot in the head in North Dagon district of Yangon, the country’s largest city, a witness confirmed to Efe. Hundreds continued to protest in various suburban townships of the city.

In Mandalay, one person was shot dead, with the body taken away by security forces, witnesses said.

And in Bago and Taungoo, two men were killed, witnesses confirmed.

More than 60 people have been killed due to the violence of the security forces in the protests that are held throughout the country against the coup d’état carried out by the military on Feb. 1.

Amnesty International said in a report Thursday on its analysis of 55 videos that “systematic and premeditated killings” of anti-coup protesters are being carried out by Myanmar’s security forces who are employing battlefield weaponry in urban areas.

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