İrem UZUN -TDO- Myanmar’s military government accused deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi of accepting illegal payments, while eight people were killed when security forces opened fire on protests against the coup, witnesses said. Junta spokesman Brigadier General Zaw Min Tun told a news conference that Suu Kyi had accepted illegal payments worth $600,000 as well as gold while in government, according to a complaint by Phyo Mien Thein, a former chief minister of Yangon. “He strongly said that,” the spokesman said. “We have verified those facts several times. Now the anti-corruption committee is continuing the investigation.”

The accusation was denied by an MP from the dissolved parliament representing Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) party. "It is no longer uncommon to see slander against politicians and efforts to crush the party while innocent young people are killed in public," Aye Ma Ma Myo told Reuters. Gen Zaw Min Tun also accused President Win Myint and several cabinet ministers of corruption.

Six people were killed in the central town of Myaing when forces fired on a protest, a man who took part in the demonstration and helped carry bodies to hospital told Reuters by telephone. A health worker there confirmed all six deaths. One person was killed in the North Dagon district of the biggest city of Yangon, domestic media said.

Rights group Amnesty International said the military is adopting battle tactics against demonstrators. It also accused the army of using lethal force against protesters and said many killings it had documented amounted to extra-judicial executions. "These are not the actions of overwhelmed, individual officers making poor decisions," said Joanne Mariner, the group's director of crisis response. "These are unrepentant commanders already implicated in crimes against humanity, deploying their troops and murderous methods in the open."  A military spokesman declined to comment on the violence.

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