The violent crackdown on protests against the military rulers on Saturday showed that the junta wanted to “sacrifice the lives of the people” in the interests of a few, said US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Washington on Saturday. “The courageous people of Myanmar reject the terror regime of the military.”
Killed at least 90 people – including children
The protests against military rule in Myanmar had previously been on the bloodiest day to date nearly 90 people have been killed by security forcesas the local Political Prisoners Organization (AAPP) stated. According to media reports and eyewitnesses, at least 114 people were killed. According to the United Nations, children were also among the victims: “We have received reports of dozens of deaths, including children, a hundred injured in 40 locations and mass arrests,” said the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Since the military coup on February 1, the junta in Myanmar has faced massive and brutal protests. More than 2,600 demonstrators have been arrested since the protests began, with a total of almost 420 people killed, according to local human rights activists. The demonstrators are demanding, among other things, the release of the disempowered de facto head of government Aung San Suu Kyi and a return to democracy.
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