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  • no Yangon, Myanmar's main city.

  • Students, young people and workers are on the street again.

  • Their only protection against trained soldiers is a makeshift arsenal of homemade shields, builders, hats and, on this street, an industrial pipe bearing the faces of fallen comrades.

  • At 9 a.m. In the district of North Bergen, a poor neighborhood, students and workers are blocking the road.

  • Whoa!

  • At the head of the protesters are the so called front liners standing in formation, brave and defiant.

  • Yeah, Coach, Human to 25 is among them.

  • This was his eighth time in the front line, all right.

  • Around 10:30 a.m. The sound of students chanting is pierced by a burst of bullets ripping through the street.

  • Yeah, two of the front liners are hit.

  • Get my headlight!

  • Coach him into lies on the ground.

  • His comrades can't retrieve him while the shooting continues.

  • Yeah, and Mad Dash is made to take him to a nearby ambulance.

  • The moment that it's wife learns of his death goes viral on social media.

  • I'm nearly 20 years of I am attending of your wife, too.

  • Uh huh, clearly not relation.

  • You know you don't want your dollars young models.

  • But I'm here to they know done it yet?

  • So anyway, one of kids close friends told us what happened.

  • Uh, they, uh they, uh They uh huh.

  • Uh huh, uh, all of y'all.

  • And if you are, you are.

  • You are in a position sharing g o a t shirt, and then, yeah, I do it.

  • I'm putting in tomorrow, but they don't even know why I do that.

  • You're putting in the, uh uh, don't only know what are your Uh huh.

  • Well, too much, actually.

  • Get a clue directly.

  • And religion, which is just in the uh huh, Yeah, for managers when you're driving through it through another two hours.

  • But the longer you anything, you don't like everyone else.

  • Protesters say that the painful loss of comrades like chit is hardening their resolve.

  • Okay, Yeah, we respect each of their courage.

  • And, um, they gave up their live.

  • And we try to take this incident as energy for for the for our fight to fight harder.

  • Of course, I cried for an hour or so, and then I wiped my tears because we have no option.

  • We have to just keep on going And how do you see the next days and weeks developing for me to take some time?

  • At this point in our conversation, she only became distressed and asked to pause.

  • When you are at home, you are so over one with all the news coming to you and all their fear imposing on you from different people.

  • Even our general, um, older generation, they might be worried about you and calling you to stop doing what you're doing.

  • But when you are out on the street, you are with other young people.

  • I'm with other young people, and I feel that empowerment.

  • Mhm.

  • Like other days, March the 11th was a day of arrests and beatings.

  • Protesters faced the indiscriminate use of lethal force, including military snipers.

  • Nightly raids sweep through neighborhoods to search for activists.

  • One of the many protesters in hiding tells us they're afraid, even at home.

  • Most of my friends are in chains now.

  • We're trying to force the military to release them, but they still reject if we are arrested for the biggest and the slap and the terrorist group walk like for a girl I got to you like this.

  • So is having a lot, they said, Fire even in the street in our home, this one is like we are not safe anymore.

  • Mia, a veteran of the pro democracy movement, is one of those arrested at night.

  • Here is the moment captured on CCTV footage that has been widely shared by the pro democracy movement who continue to call for his release.

  • His family believe he's in prison, but the Army will not confirm there were five soldiers accompanying him and leading him to the van.

  • It I can't deal with that because, um, and also to see how they are treating peaceful activists like my dad.

  • I can't imagine how they are doing to people inside the prison as well.

  • You know, people are very brave.

  • They come out on the street every day, day after day before they leave home.

  • They write their blood type on their arm or on their phone, and they write in case they're injured and they write names of their parents or next to skin in in case there killed.

  • So it shows that they are prepared because all of you know, all of them, all of us we have one thing clear is that we don't want to live under another dictatorship.

  • But you can't say this is cracking down on protests anymore.

  • This is pure killing by the, you know, uh, security forces.

  • Mhm.

  • Mhm.

  • Faced with orders to attack their fellow citizens, security officials have begun to flee their posts.

  • We managed to reach one former police officer who is now in hiding with other defectors in the jungle with mobile data cut across Myanmar.

  • He called us using signal from neighboring Thailand.

  • You're not who are very happy about being lonely eyes.

  • Let's have your genre.

  • Yeah.

  • I mean your talent.

  • Uh huh.

  • Yeah.

  • Maybe.

  • Yeah.

  • And, uh, take orders.

  • Yeah, I made a tight corner.

  • Uh, you see?

  • You see a robot?

  • How many Motor lodge?

  • Yeah.

  • Did you see the night raids that were taking place?

  • Uh huh.

  • It's up here in in my life.

  • I called us to tell, you know, she didn't like for a life.

  • Can you guys are here?

  • Are here, Hannah?

  • I don't know.

  • What do we do?

  • A Pamela Mobile.

  • Do you live alone?

  • Er, uh, doctors to have been part of the nationwide strikes and have provided emergency medical support to those injured often at personal risk.

  • In this CCTV video, medical staff are seen being pulled from an ambulance and beaten by security forces.

  • With thousands of medics now refusing to serve under the military authorities, they too have become targets.

  • So you're you're living in hiding, basically, because you think that I am hiding in a place with low profile, Uh, we leave the hospital, costs hospital team and the military give Yeah, a lot of Russia as they published a sum that, uh, to ridden our work and to work another military government.

  • But we disagree.

  • We opened a clinic at the protest area, is treating incurable.

  • Uh, most of the efficient, uh, injury due to, uh, smoke roll to 2% is by cancer world.

  • Fine.

  • What's that sound?

  • Is that protests outside?

  • Ah, yeah.

  • Okay.

  • If the cell for the night night protests, will you be joining them?

  • I will.

  • I will try to, uh, our fears will losing our futures.

  • So we are going out.

  • Oh, Thursday.

  • The 11th of March was one of the bloodiest days since the coup began.

  • From the time we started contacting protesters in Myanmar, many have gone into hiding including coaching mintues widow.

  • His friends say they're being investigated by the military authorities, and their neighborhood of North Logan is one of many.

  • Now under martial law, daily strikes continue and their resolve is strong.

  • The military say they will hold new elections.

  • But will the protester's dream of return to democracy prove as fragile as today's makeshift barricades?

no Yangon, Myanmar's main city.

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