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At least 12 people in Myanmar were recently killed by security forces, according to witnesses and local media, Australia's SBS is reporting. Leaders of the United States, India, Japan and Australia have pledged to work to restore democracy to the Southeast Asian country.

Myanmar plunged into chaos after a military coup on February 1. The head of a rival civilian government is threatening to organize a "revolution" to restore civilian rule.

The injuries from earlier in the week, include five people killed by police at a protest in Mandalay, the second largest city in Myanmar, as well as two people dying after police opened fire in Yangon, the nation's most populous city and commercial hub, according to SBS.

Social media footage shared on Friday sparked outrage after police in the township of Thaketa were shown beating three people on the head before taking them away. Protesters, especially on social media, have been organizing street demonstrations against the military takeover.

More than 70 people have died as country-wide protests have taken hold of Myanmar since the junta came into power last month after overthrowing democracy activist Aung San Suu Kiy's re-elected government.