Myanmar security forces killed 114 people, including some children, in a brutal crackdown on opposition to democratization on Saturday, the bloodiest day of violence since last month’s military coup, according to news reports and witnesses. did.
The killings on the day of the Armed Forces Day attracted strong new criticism from Western nations. British ambassador Dan Chugg said security forces were “shameful” and US envoys called violence horrifying.
According to civil society groups, military aircraft also launched airstrikes on territorial villages dominated by Karen minority armed groups, killing at least two people.
Previously, the Karen National Union conquered military garrison near the Thai border, killed 10 people, including a lieutenant colonel, and increased tensions with the army after years of relatively peace, causing its own fighters. Said he lost one of them.
Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, the leader of military junta, said in a parade commemorating Armed Forces Day that the military would protect people and strive for democracy.
Demonstrators have been held almost every day since the February 1 coup that expelled elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi, so they took place on Saturday in Yangon, Mandalay, and other towns.
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The Myanmar Now News Portal said the crackdown on protests killed 114 people nationwide.
At least 40 people were killed in Mandalay, including a 13-year-old girl, and at least 27 in Yangon, Myanmar Now said. A five-year-old boy was previously reported among the dead in Mandalay, but later there were conflicting reports that he might have survived. Another 13-year-old was among the dead in the Central Sagaing region.
“Today is a shameful day for the military,” Dr. Sasa, a spokesman for CRPH, an anti-military junta group founded by lawmakers who were testified, told an online forum.
A military spokesman did not answer calls for comment on security forces killing, airstrikes, or rebel attacks on the post.
“They are killing us like birds and chickens, even in our homes,” said Thu Ya Zaw in downtown Minjan, where at least two protesters were killed. “We will continue to protest regardless … we have to fight until the military junta collapses.”
Saturday’s death will increase the number of civilians reported killed since the coup to more than 440.
“Fear and disgrace”
“This bloodshed is horrifying,” US Ambassador Thomas Vaida said on social media, adding that “the people of Myanmar speak clearly. They don’t want to live under the military regime.”
British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said the killings of unarmed civilians and children had set new lows, and the EU delegation to Myanmar “will continue to be forever engraved as a day of horror and disgrace” on Saturday. Said.
According to news reports, deaths have occurred in Sagaing, the eastern Racio, the Bago region, and the suburbs of Yangon. A one-year-old baby hit his eyes with a rubber bullet.
Min Aung Hlaing spoke at a parade in the capital Naypyidaw, reiterating his promise to hold elections without a time frame.
“The military aims to work with the whole country to protect democracy,” he said in a live broadcast on state television. “Violence that affects stability and security to make a request is inappropriate.”
The military said it came to power because the November elections won by Suu Kyi were fraudulent. This claim was dismissed by the national election committee. Suu Kyi remains detained in a private location, and many others in her party have also been detained.
Russia is a “true friend”
This week’s new US and European sanctions have increased external pressure on military junta, but the accusations are not universal.
Russia’s deputy defense minister, Alexander Fomin, attended a parade in Naypyidaw and met with senior military junta leaders a day ago.
“Russia is a true friend,” said Min Aung Hlaing.
According to diplomats, eight countries, Russia, China, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Laos and Thailand, sent representatives, but only Russia sent ministers to the military parade. Occupation of Japan in 1945.
Assistance from Russia and China, which are also refraining from criticism, is important for military junta, as both countries are permanent members of the UN Security Council and may thwart potential UN actions.
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In a warning on Friday evening, state television said protesters were “at risk of being shot in the head and back.” It did not specifically state that security forces had been ordered to kill from the shooting, and military junta had previously suggested that there were some deadly shootings from the crowd.
A gunshot struck the US Cultural Center in Yangon on Saturday, but no one was injured and the case was under investigation, according to Alyani Manling, a spokesman for the US Embassy.
Author and historian Thant Myint-Uh wrote on Twitter:
At least 114 protesters were reportedly killed in Myanmar on the bloodiest day since the coup.
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