Myanmar is suffering the bloodiest day since the coup, killing more than 100 people
Myanmar had its deadliest day of a military coup last month, with an army across the country leaving more than 100 dead and denouncing reprimands and “mass killings” around the world.
At least 114 people were killed on Saturday, according to local average, in a single day since the majority took over the military and ousted the democratically elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi on February 1.
In a weird way joint statement, The heads of defense of 12 countries, including the US, the UK, Germany and Japan, condemned the junta’s brutality. “A professional military man follows international standards of conduct and is responsible for protecting – not harming – the people he serves,” says the Myanmar military, “working to stop the violence and restore respect and credibility.” . . he has lost ”.
Tom Andrews, a UN special rapporteur in Myanmar, called an international emergency summit and accused the country’s military of carrying out “massacres” and “mass killings”.
“It’s time for strong, coordinated action,” he said.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the violence has shown that “the junta will sacrifice the lives of the people in the service of the few.”
Thursday, USA and UK impose penalties against two military-related conglomerates, trying to squeeze the junta’s broad and opaque business interests.
More than 400 people have been killed in military crackdowns, the Association for the Support of Political Prisoners, an advocacy group that estimated at least 90 dead on Saturday. Another 2,428 have been arrested. There were more than 20 children among the dead, according to local average, including a six-year-old girl, the youngest known victim, on Tuesday.
US Embassy confirm on Saturday at the Yangon Center of America, where he was shot in an accident at the education and cultural center he runs. No one was injured in the incident, the embassy said.
The junta released nearly 1,000 prisoners last week in two releases. But at the same time, regimes increased pressure to stifle protests that have lasted for almost two months, grinding economic activity to stop across much of the country.
On Friday, state broadcaster MRTV warned that protesters could “shoot themselves in the head” for challenging the military.
The World Bank has renewed its 2021 forecast for the Myanmar economy with a 10% contraction in its forecast of 5.9 per cent growth, citing “continued disruptions in key public services”.
The military has accused Amnesty International of trying to “kill the way out” of the crisis. “The cost of international inactivity is counting on organizations,” said Ming Yu Hah, regional deputy director for group campaigns.
The latest bloodshed came on Armed Forces Day, a national holiday commemorating resistance to the Japanese occupation during World War II.
Photographs of Myanmar’s military brass band, including junta leader Min Aung Hlaing, at a gala dressed in white uniforms sparked outrage among anti-coup opponents.
There was a military parade at the festivities, and it was there Russian Deputy Minister of Defense Alexander Fomin arrived in Myanmar on Friday for the most important show of support given to the junta since the coup. At least seven other countries sent representatives, including China, India and Thailand.