The country had thus experienced the “bloodiest” day since the military coup on February 1st, said UN envoy Christine Schraner Burgener at a video press conference. In total, more than 50 people have been killed since the protests began.
The military had put a coup against Prime Minister Aung San Suu Kyi about a month ago. The generals cited irregularities in the November parliamentary elections as the reason. Suu Kyi won this by a clear margin. Observers did not document any signs of major electoral fraud.
The 75-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate is under house arrest and has to answer for various allegations in court. The demonstrators are calling for the politician to be reinstated. Aung San Suu Kyi had been under house arrest for 15 years during the almost 50-year military dictatorship. At that time the army had brutally suppressed any resistance in the country.
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Myanmar reports dozens deaths protests military junta